George, Pacers blow out Cavs
INDIANAPOLIS — Paul George scored 29 points and C.J. Miles added 21, helping the Indiana Pacers blow out the Cleveland Cavaliers — with LeBron James getting the night off — 123-109 on Wednesday night.
Indiana ended a four-game losing streak in the series and still leads eighth-place Detroit by a half-game. Ninth-place Chicago, still vying for one of the final two playoff spots in the East, is now three games behind the Pacers.
The Cavaliers played without the four-time MVP James, who rested after playing Tuesday night in Milwaukee. Without James, Kyrie Irving had 26 points and six assists. Kevin Love scored 23.
HORNETS 111, KNICKS 97: At New York, Kemba Walker scored 34 points, Al Jefferson had 24 and the Charlotte Hornets bounced back from consecutive losses to the Eastern Conference's top teams by beating the New York Knicks 111-97.
Charlotte, which fell in Cleveland on Sunday and Toronto on Tuesday, had dropped a game behind Boston and Miami for fourth place.
WIZARDS 121, NETS 103: At Washington, Ramon Sessions scored 18 points and had a season-high 13 assists while starting in place of the injured John Wall to help the Washington Wizards defeat the Brooklyn Nets.
Bradley Beal scored 25 points, and Marcin Gortat had 16 points and 12 rebounds as Washington remained at least mathematically alive in the Eastern Conference playoff hunt.
CELTICS 104, PELICANS 97: At Boston, Isaiah Thomas scored 32 points to help the Boston Celtics fend off the short-handed New Orleans Pelicans.
Toney Douglas led the Pelicans with 19 points, and Tim Frazier added 18 points and six assists. Six New Orleans players finished in double-figures.
PISTONS 108, MAGIC 104: At Orlando, Fla., Reggie Jackson scored 24 points and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 18 to help lead the Detroit Pistons over the Orlando Magic.
Evan Fournier led five Orlando players in double figures with 19 points.
MAVERICKS 88, ROCKETS 86: At Dallas, J.J. Barea scored 27 points and the Dallas Mavericks kept a slim cushion over Utah and Houston in the race for the last two Western Conference playoff spots.
The Mavericks' fifth straight victory — one shy of a season best — put Dallas (40-38) a game ahead of Utah and two up on Houston with four games remaining for all three teams.
CLIPPERS 91, LAKERS 81: At Los Angeles, DeAndre Jordan and J.J. Redick scored 15 points apiece in the Los Angeles Clippers' win, spoiling the penultimate home game of Kobe Bryant's career.
The loss was the Lakers' 62nd of the season, setting a franchise low for the 16-time NBA champions.