Bobcats top Pacers to run home winning streak to five

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Al Jefferson scored 34 points in Charlotte’s 109-87 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night that gave the Bobcats their fifth consecutive home win.

Jefferson was 16 of 25 from the field and had eight rebounds for the Bobcats (28-33), who equaled their combined win total from the previous two seasons.

Jefferson, whose 38-point, 19-rebound effort Monday night was overshadowed by LeBron James’ career-high 61-point outing, has scored at least 20 points in 21 of his past 24 games.

Charlotte became the first team since the 2009-10 Knicks to play the NBA’s top four teams in consecutive games. They previously lost to San Antonio, Oklahoma City and Miami on the road, but left no doubt about this this one.

Charlotte jumped out to a 28-8 lead after the first quarter and never trailed.

Kemba Walker added 19 points and nine assists for the Bobcats.

NETS: Jason Collins’ second stint with Brooklyn will last at least 10 more days.

The Nets signed Collins to a second 10-day contract Wednes­day, and was in uniform when they beat the Memphis Grizzlies 103-94.

Collins, who had a rebound, an assist and a steal in 17 minutes, became the NBA’s first openly gay player when he signed his first deal Feb. 23. Teams can sign players to two 10-day contracts, and then have to sign them for the rest of the season if they want to keep them.

Collins has appeared in all five games since his return, with three points and five rebounds in 36 minutes.

The 13-year veteran played for the Nets from 2001-08.

Brooklyn’s Kevin Garnett sat out a third consecutive game because of back spasms.

Garnett hasn’t played since last Thursday at Denver.

Memphis’ Zach Randolph missed the game because of the flu.

The veteran power forward came to the arena in hopes of playing, but sat in the locker room with a hood over his head and holding his stomach and decided to sit out.

WARRIORS: Klay Thompson and David Lee scored 18 points each and Golden State went a season-high 14 games over .500 with a 108-88 romp over the Boston Celtics.

The Warriors scored the first six points, led 12-2 with just over five minutes gone and remained ahead by at least 20 points throughout the second half.


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