Pacers deal Heat another loss

INDIANAPOLIS —Danny Granger scored 25 points to help the Indiana Pacers beat the Miami Heat 105-90 on Monday night.


Darren Collison added 20 points, and Paul George had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Pacers, who have won four of five and finally got the signature win they have sought since the All-Star break.

LeBron James had 24 points and nine rebounds, and Dwyane Wade had 24 points and six assists for Miami.

The Heat, coming off a 103-87 loss at Oklahoma City on Sunday night, lost by double digits in back-to-back games for the first time this season. Miami lost for the fourth time in eight games overall.



In Chicago, Ty Lawson tied a season high with 27 points, Arron Affalo added 22 and Denver shot 50 percent to beat Chicago.

Denver, playing its third game in four nights as part of a seven-game road swing, got its first win three games into the trip.



In Charlotte, N.C., Paul Pierce scored a season-high 36 points and Boston beat Charlotte to move into a first-place tie with Philadelphia in the Atlantic Division.

Gerald Henderson had 21 points for the Bobcats.


In New York, Carmelo Anthony scored 28 points, delivering his highest total in two months without the injured Amare Stoudemire and Jeremy Lin, and New York increased its lead for the final Eastern Conference playoff berth.

Shortly after learning Stoudemire was lost indefinitely with a bulging disk in his back, the Knicks opened a 2½-game lead over the Bucks and prevented Milwaukee from winning the season series and clinching a tiebreaker.

Lin was out with a sore right knee.



In Toronto, Ryan Anderson made a career-best eight 3-pointers and finished with 28 points to help Orlando win its third game in a row.

Dwight Howard had 23 points and 10 rebounds and Jameer Nelson scored 18 points for the Magic.



In Houston, Patrick Patterson scored a career-high 24 points and Earl Boykins hit four free throws for Houston late in overtime to lead the Rockets.

Boykins, who was signed by Houston earlier in the day, finished with 10 points in his first action of the season.

DeMarcus Cousins scored a career-high 38 points and had 14 rebounds, and Marcus Thornton added 27 points for the Kings, who lost their fifth consecutive road game.


JAZZ 105, NETS 84

In Newark, N.J., Paul Millsap had 24 points and 13 rebounds and Utah shook off the weariness from its four-overtime loss 24 hours earlier to beat New Jersey.

Al Jefferson added 19 points and eight rebounds for the Jazz.



In Washington, Rodney Stuckey scored half of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, including the winning 20-foot jumper with 0.2 seconds left, and Detroit ended a five-game losing streak by erasing a 13-point deficit to beat Washington.



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