Pacers deny Hawks chance to clinch playoff berth

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INDIANAPOLIS — Gerald Green scored 19 points and Roy Hibbert finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds Monday night, leading the short-handed Indiana Pacers past the Atlanta Hawks, 100-94.

The Pacers (44-27) extended their Central Division lead to five games over second-place Chicago with 11 games to play. And they did it despite playing without Danny Granger, George Hill, Lance Stephenson or David West. All four sat out with injuries.

They also won on a night that Atlanta (39-32) could have clinched a playoff spot.

Josh Smith led the Hawks with 20 points and Al Horford had 13 points and eight rebounds, not nearly enough against the Pacers.

HORNETS 110, NUGGETS 86

In New Orleans, Ryan Anderson scored 23 points, Brian Roberts doubled his career high with 18 assists and the short-handed Hornets ended Denver’s 15-game win streak.

New Orleans, playing without its starting backcourt of Eric Gordon and Greivis Vasquez, won its third in a row and was in control all the way.

Roberts, a rookie making his second start, had 11 assists by halftime, two more than his previous best.

Anderson was 5 of 11 on 3-pointers, and the last-place Hornets sank 14-of-25 3s as seven players scored in double figures.

Danilo Gallinari had 24 points for the Nuggets, who were without starting point guard Ty Lawson (right heel injury) for the third consecutive game.

WIZARDS 107 GRIZZLIES 94

In Washington, John Wall scored a career-high 47 points and added eight assists, Emeka Okafor had 21 points and nine rebounds, and the undermanned Wizards surprised Memphis.

Wall shot 13 of 22 from the field and made a career-high 19 free throws on 24 attempts. Mike Conley led Memphis with 23 points.

It was Washington’s sixth consecutive home win, while Memphis dropped its fourth consecutive road game.

Already without guard Bradley Beal (sprained left ankle), guard A.J. Price (groin) and forward Trevor Ariza (flu), Wizards coach Randy Wittman announced before the game that forwards Nene (sore right knee) and Martell Webster (abdomen strain) were also out.

Memphis center Marc Gasol missed his second consecutive game after aggravating an abdominal tear Friday at New Orleans.


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