Hawks blast Pacers, boost playoff hopes

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INDIANAPOLIS — Jeff Teague scored 25 points in the Atlanta Hawks’ 107-88 rout Sunday of the reeling Indiana Pacers, who were held to a franchise-low 23 points in the first half of an embarrassing performance on their home floor.

Atlanta's Jeff Teague scored 25 points in the Hawks' third win in four games.  R BRENT SMITH/ASSOCIATED PRESS
R BRENT SMITH/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Atlanta's Jeff Teague scored 25 points in the Hawks' third win in four games.

The Hawks (34-42) have won three of four and extended their lead over the Knicks for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference to two full games.

The Pacers (53-25) have lost four of five and fell a full game behind Miami in their quest for the No. 1 seed in the East. Paul George scored 18 points and David West had 17 on a night All-Star center Roy Hibbert did not play the final 30 minutes.

Atlanta jumped to a 9-0 lead, extended the margin to 33-11 after one and 55-23 at the half.

HEAT: LeBron James scored 38 points, Mario Chalmers added 15 and Miami survived a 3-point barrage from New York’s J.R. Smith on the way to dealing the Knicks’ playoff hopes a big blow with a 102-91 victory.

Chris Bosh added 14 points and Ray Allen had 12 for the Heat, who remained atop the Eastern Conference standings.

Smith made a Knicks-record 10 3-pointers, on an NBA-record 22 attempts, and finished with 32 points. Raymond Felton scored 14 for New York and Carmelo Anthony managed only 13, on 4 for 17 shooting.

SPURS: Point guard Tony Parker was forced to leave Sunday’s game against Memphis because of back spasms.

TIMBERWOLVES: Forward Dante Cunningham was arrested for the second time in three days.

Medina (Minn.) police officer Chris McGill said the 26-year-old was arrested Sunday on preliminary charges of making terrorist threats. He declined to go into detail about the allegations but said police would release more information about the arrest today.

Cunningham was arrested early Thursday and charged with felony domestic assault.


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