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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Paul George scored 24 points and Lance Stephenson added 23 to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 105-91 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night.
George Hill finished with 21 points for the Pacers, who put five players in double figures and pulled away with a third-quarter burst.
Roy Hibbert scored 11 and David West 10 for Indiana, which leads the Eastern Conference at 23-6. Stephenson also had nine rebounds and seven assists.
Paul Pierce scored 18 points for the Nets (10-20).
CELTICS 103, CAVALIERS 100
BOSTON (AP) - Jeff Green and Jordan Crawford each scored 19 points to help Boston hold off Cleveland.
Brandon Bass added 15 points and a game-saving block in the closing seconds for the Celtics, who led by 19 entering the final quarter and held a 10-point edge with 4 1/2 minutes to play.
Before the game, the Cavaliers suspended center Andrew Bynum indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team and banned him from all team-related activities. Bynum, who signed a two-year, $24 million contract with the Cavaliers in July, did not travel with the club to Boston and it's likely he has played his final game for Cleveland.
Avery Bradley added 18 points and eight rebounds for Boston, which snapped a three-game skid. Bass also had eight boards.
Kyrie Irving scored 32 points for the Cavaliers, who lost their fourth straight.
RAPTORS 115, KNICKS 100
TORONTO (AP) - Kyle Lowry had a season-best 32 points and 11 assists, Terrence Ross made a career-high seven 3-pointers and Toronto beat short-handed New York for the second straight night.
Lowry came within two rebounds of a triple-double and Ross had 23 points as Toronto won for the fourth time in five games. DeMar DeRozan added 20 points for the Raptors, who overcame a 12-point deficit in the second half to beat the Knicks 95-83 at Madison Square Garden on Friday.
Toronto finished with a season-high 15 baskets from beyond the arc.
Amare Stoudemire scored 20 of his 23 points in the second half for the Knicks, who lost for the fifth time in seven games. Leading scorer Carmelo Anthony sat out his third straight with a sore left ankle.
WIZARDS 106 PISTONS 82
WASHINGTON (AP) - John Wall had 20 points and 11 assists, Marcin Gortat added 16 points and Washington routed Detroit.
Trevor Ariza and Bradley Beal each had 15 points for Washington, which snapped a three-game home losing streak. The Wizards have won four of five overall.
One night after their worst defeat of the season, a 22-point loss at Minnesota, the Wizards never trailed, pulling away late in the first half en route to their biggest win.
Greg Monroe scored 14 for the Pistons, who have dropped four of five.
HAWKS 118, BOBCATS 116, OT
ATLANTA (AP) - Paul Millsap had a season-high 31 points, Lou Williams scored 10 of his season-best 28 in overtime and Atlanta rallied to beat Charlotte.
Al Jefferson had 24 points and a season-high 23 rebounds, and Gerald Henderson added 22 points for the Bobcats.
Playing their first game since leading scorer and rebounder Al Horford sustained a torn pectoral muscle, the Hawks trailed by 14 after Henderson hit a 20-foot fadeaway jumper with 4:19 left in the third quarter.
But Atlanta, which has won two straight and five of six, rallied to force overtime when backup center Pero Antic made a 3-pointer off one leg from the right wing with 3.1 seconds left in regulation.
Jeff Teague finished with 20 points and nine assists for the Hawks. Mike Scott added 18 points, and Millsap pulled down 13 rebounds.
MAVERICKS 105, BULLS 83
CHICAGO (AP) - Monta Ellis had 22 points and Dallas took control early in coasting to a victory over Chicago.
Dirk Nowitzki and Vince Carter added 18 points apiece for the Mavericks, who led by as many as 32 while bouncing back from a home loss to San Antonio on Thursday.
Joakim Noah led Chicago with 20 points and 10 rebounds, but the Bulls had their modest two-game winning streak snapped. Carlos Boozer and Taj Gibson each added 13.
The Mavericks took command with a 15-2 run to end the first quarter. Carter, who entered just before the surge started, had seven points during the spurt.
GRIZZLIES 120, NUGGETS 99
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Zach Randolph scored 20 points and Memphis got 62 points from its bench against Denver.
Six Grizzlies finished in double figures and Memphis shot 52 percent while sending the Nuggets to their sixth straight loss. Ed Davis led the reserves with 17 points, and Jerryd Bayless had 15. Mike Conley and James Johnson scored 14 apiece, and Mike Miller added 11.
The 120 points were a season high for Memphis, and only two less than the most the Nuggets have allowed in a game this season.
Ty Lawson led Denver with 20 points and eight assists.
ROCKETS 107, PELICANS 98
HOUSTON (AP) - Dwight Howard had 24 points and 17 rebounds, and James Harden scored 11 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter in Houston's comeback win over New Orleans.
Chandler Parsons added 19 points and seven rebounds, and Terrence Jones had 17 points and eight rebounds to help the Rockets win their third straight game and snap New Orleans' winning streak at two.
Jeremy Lin scored all 10 of his points in the fourth quarter, and the Rockets made three of five 3-point attempts in the quarter after going 3 of 21 from long range in the first three periods.
Houston was 25 of 32 from the free throw line, while the Pelicans went 6 of 8.
Ryan Anderson had 22 points and 12 rebounds for New Orleans. Anthony Davis added 18 points and 16 rebounds.
TIMBERWOLVES 117, BUCKS 95
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Kevin Love had 33 points and 15 rebounds for his sixth straight double-double, and Minnesota climbed back to .500 by routing Milwaukee.
Kevin Martin scored 20 points, Nikola Pekovic added 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Love hit four of Minnesota's 11 3-pointers. Perimeter defense was once again a huge problem for the Bucks, who have allowed opponents to hit at least 10 3s in seven consecutive games.
Khris Middleton scored 23 points for Milwaukee on 10-of-20 shooting. Larry Sanders had nine points and 10 rebounds in 33 minutes, his first start since missing seven weeks following right thumb surgery.
The Bucks fell to an NBA-worst 6-24, while Minnesota evened its record at 15-15.
SUNS 115, 76ERS 101
PHOENIX (AP) - Miles Plumlee scored a career-high 22 points to go with 13 rebounds, and Phoenix bounced back from its worst loss of the season to beat Philadelphia.
Goran Dragic added 21 points and Eric Bledsoe 20 for the Suns, who have won nine of 11. Marcus Morris made three fourth-quarter 3-pointers and scored 18.
Thaddeus Young scored 30 points, Michael Carter-Williams 27 and Tony Wroten 22 for the 76ers, who lost their 13th road game in a row and have dropped nine of 10 overall.
Evan Turner, Philadelphia's leading scorer at 19.3 points per game, sat out to rest his sore right knee.
Phoenix lost 115-86 at Golden State on Friday night. The 76ers hadn't played in a week and had been in Arizona since Thursday.
Plumlee left the game to get seven stitches for a cut on his chin in the second half but returned.
 

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