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  • George, Pacers extend 76ers' skid

  • PHILADELPHIA — Paul George scored 25 points and David West had 18 to help the Indiana Pacers beat Philadelphia 101-94 on Friday night, sending the 76ers to their 19th straight loss.
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  • PHILADELPHIA — Paul George scored 25 points and David West had 18 to help the Indiana Pacers beat Philadelphia 101-94 on Friday night, sending the 76ers to their 19th straight loss.
    With a loss to Memphis today, the Sixers can tie the franchise record for consecutive defeats in a single season. The Sixers lost 20 straight games from Jan. 9, 1973-Feb. 11, 1973 in a 9-73 season. The NBA record for consecutive losses in a season is 26 set by the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers.
    The Sixers last won on Jan. 29 on Evan Turner's buzzer-beater at Boston. Turner was traded to the Pacers at the Feb. 20 deadline and is now a key reserve on a team expected to make a deep run in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
    Thaddeus Young led the Sixers with 25 points on 10-of-31 shooting and had 10 assists.
    Nuggets 111, Heat 107
    At Miami, Kenneth Faried scored 24 points, Darrell Arthur led a big effort from Denver's bench with 18, and the Nuggets beat the suddenly reeling Miami Heat, handing the NBA champions their fifth loss in six games.
    Clippers 96, Jazz 87
    At Salt Lake City, Blake Griffin had 20 points and Chris Paul shook off a sprained ankle to score 18 points and extended the Los Angeles Clippers' winning streak to 10.
    Los Angeles had its lowest points total during the streak, but the Clippers won this time with defense, forcing 20 turnovers by the Utah Jazz that led to 31 points.
    Spurs 119, Lakers 85
    At San Antonio, Danny Green had 15 points and the San Antonio Spurs won their ninth straight, defeating the Los Angeles Lakers 119-85 for their largest victory over their longtime rivals.
    San Antonio never trailed after the opening four minutes, allowing coach Gregg Popovich to limit his starters and Manu Ginobili to an average of 17 minutes.
    Wizards 105, Magic 101, OT
    At Orlando, Fla., John Wall had 12 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, Trevor Ariza added 21 points and 11 rebounds overall, and the Washington Wizards hung on to beat the Orlando Magic in overtime.
    The victory ends the Wizards' two-game losing streak overall, and a seven-game road losing streak to the Magic.
    Raptors 99, Grizzlies 86
    At Toronto, Jonas Valanciunas scored a season-high 23 points, Kyle Lowry had 22 points and 12 assists against his former team and the Toronto Raptors won for the 11th time in 14 games, beating the Memphis Grizzlies.
    Greivis Vasquez scored 17 points, DeMar DeRozan had 16 and Amir Johnson 12 as the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors snapped a four-game home losing streak against the Grizzlies and improved to 16-0 at home this season when leading after three quarters.
    Bobcats 105, Timberwolves 93
    At Charlotte, N.C., Al Jefferson had 25 points and 16 rebounds, and the Charlotte Bobcats defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves for their eighth straight victory at home.
    Jefferson set a single-season franchise record with his 20th 20-point, 10-rebound game of the season.
    Suns 87, Celtics 80
    At Boston, Goran Dragic scored 20 points and the Phoenix Suns scored the last seven to beat the cold-shooting Boston Celtics.
    After Jeff Green's two free throws for Boston made it 80-80 with 2:02 left, the fourth tie of the fourth quarter, Alex Len started the decisive spurt with a three-point play on a tip-in and a free throw. The Suns finished the scoring with a dunk by Markieff Morris and a layup by Dragic.
    Cavaliers 103, Warriors 94
    At Oakland, Calif., Spencer Hawes had 22 points and 13 rebounds to help the Cleveland Cavaliers erase an 18-point first-half deficit on the way to a victory over the Golden State Warriors.
    Dion Waiters added 18 points and Luol Deng and Kyrie Irving had 16 apiece for the Cavaliers, who overcame a slow start to take the game over in the final three quarters and snap a six-game losing streak against the Warriors.
    Stephen Curry scored 27 points on his 26th birthday and Draymond Green added 18 but it wasn't enough to prevent another bad home loss by the Warriors, who were without starting guard Klay Thompson. He was in the Bahamas for his grandfather's funeral.
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