Indiana Pacers knock off Chicago Bulls

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Indiana forward Paul George throws down a reverse dunk over Chicago forward Taj Gibson. George had 21 points in the Pacers' win Monday night.  MICHAEL CONROY/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Indiana forward Paul George throws down a reverse dunk over Chicago forward Taj Gibson. George had 21 points in the Pacers' win Monday night.

INDIANAPOLIS — David West scored 29 points and Paul George had 21 points, 11 rebounds and five assists, leading Indiana past short-handed Chicago 111-101 on Monday night for a share of the Central Division lead.

The Pacers have won three in a row and extended their home winning streak to 14, matching the team’s longest since 2002-03.

Marco Belinelli had a season-high 24 points and Nate Robinson had 19 to lead the Bulls, who lost for only the third time in nine games.

THUNDER 112, MAVERICKS 91

In Oklahoma City, Russell Westbrook scored 24 points, Kevin Durant had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and the Thunder blew out Dallas while avoiding a third consecutive overtime game between the teams.

The Mavericks had tied the first two meetings this season with 3-pointers at the very end, but there was no such drama the third time around.

WIZARDS 98, CLIPPERS 90

In Washington, Martell Webster scored 21 points, and Washington broke a four-game losing streak against a Los Angeles team missing Blake Griffin and Chris Paul.

With Griffin nursing a strained left hamstring and Paul still dealing with a bruised right kneecap, the Wizards pulled away with a 7-0 run late in the fourth quarter, spurred by a pair of big offensive rebounds by Nene.

Nene and Garrett Temple scored 15 points apiece, Emeka Okafor grabbed 14 rebounds, and John Wall had 13 points and eight assists for the Wizards.

HEAT 99, BOBCATS 94

In Miami, LeBron James scored 31 points and Chris Bosh added 23 to lead Miami to its 10th consecutive victory over Charlotte.

Dwyane Wade had 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Heat, who have won nine of their last 10 at home. James was 13 for 14 from the field, for a career-best 93 percent shooting.

Ramon Sessions scored 18 points for Charlotte.

TRAIL BLAZERS 100, TIMBERWOLVES 98

In Minneapolis, LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 13 rebounds to help Portland hang on to beat Minnesota.

Wes Matthews scored 22 points and Damon Lillard added 21 points for the Blazers, but they each had five of the team’s season-high 28 turnovers. The Blazers never trailed in the game, but the Wolves had a chance to tie or win in the end. Ricky Rubio swung the ball to Dante Cunningham, whose 19-footer fell short.

KNICKS 99, PISTONS 85

In New York, Tyson Chandler tied a franchise record with his third straight 20-rebound game, Carmelo Anthony scored 27 points, and New York cruised to its fifth consecutive victory.

In a game that was decided early, Chandler played long enough to grab his 20th rebound midway through the fourth quarter. After grabbing 20 in victories on Friday and Saturday night, he became the first Knicks player to have 20 in three consecutive games since Hall of Famer Willis Reed in December 1969.

76ERS 78, MAGIC 61

In Philadelphia, Spencer Hawes had 21 points and 14 rebounds and Jrue Holiday had 13 points and 14 assists to lead Philadelphia to its third consecutive win.

Nick Young had 15 points for the Sixers, who won three consecutive games for the first time since the final three games of November.


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