Goran Dragic of the Suns passes around Cleveland's Jeremy Pargo during the fourth quarter. Dragic had a nice little stat line in the Phoenix victory: 19 points, seven assists, five rebounds, two steals and one block.


CLEVELAND - Goran Dragic scored 19 points Tuesday night, Michael Beasley added 15, and the Phoenix Suns took control late in the third quarter to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 91-78.

The Suns scored the final 14 points of the third quarter to take a 71-59 lead they did not relinquish, sending Cleveland to its 10th loss in 11 games.

Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao had 20 points and 18 rebounds for his sixth straight double-double. He came in leading the NBA in rebounding with a 14.7 average.

Cleveland was playing its fourth game in five nights. The Cavaliers shot 36 percent from the field against a Suns team that was giving up an NBA-worst 103.3 points per game.

Cleveland played its fifth straight game without star point guard Kyrie Irving, out until mid-December with a broken left index finger. Backup shooting guard Daniel Gibson missed the game with a sore right elbow.

• Pacers 79, Lakers 77: In Los Angeles, George Hill's high-arching shot over Dwight Howard went in with 0.1 of a second left, and Indiana withstood Kobe Bryant's 40-point performance and the Lakers' last-minute rally.

Hill scored 19 points and hit that enormous clutch shot for the Pacers.

The Pacers' sturdy defense stifled the Lakers' up-tempo offense for most of the night, turning the game into an ugly grind before the thrilling finish.

Bryant hit a tying three-pointer with 24.5 seconds left and produced the 114th 40-point game of his career despite playing with an apparent case of the flu for the Lakers, who dropped to 2-3 under new coach Mike D'Antoni.

• 76ers 100, Mavericks 98: In Philadelphia, Evan Turner scored 22 points, and Thaddeus Young had 20 to lead Philadelphia.

Jrue Holiday had 18 points and seven assists for the Sixers, who snapped a six-game losing streak to Dallas. Philadelphia shot 6 of 14 on three-pointers and won its second straight game.

Chris Kaman scored 20 points, and Elton Brand and Shawn Marion had 17 apiece for the Mavericks. Vince Carter added 15 and was clutch in the fourth quarter in trying to bring Dallas back from a 10-point hole.

The 76ers finally created some space in a back-and-forth game when they snapped a tie with a 10-0 run midway through the fourth.

Carter hit his third three-pointer and then a left-handed layup to bring the Mavericks to 100-98 with 37 seconds left. O.J. Mayo missed two free throws with 2.7 seconds to go, and Jae Crowder's last-gasp jumper was off the mark, leaving Dallas with a 2-5 record on the road.

• Timberwolves 97, Kings 89: In Sacramento, Calif., Kevin Love had 23 points and an NBA season-high 24 rebounds to help Minnesota stop a five-game losing streak.

Love, who missed the first nine games of the season with a broken right hand, was a force inside all night for the Timberwolves, who took the lead late in the first quarter and never trailed again.

• Rockets 117, Raptors 101: In Houston, James Harden scored 24 points and matched a career high with 12 assists to lead Houston past Toronto.

Patrick Patterson added 22 points for the Rockets, who have won four straight. Omer Asik had 13 points and 18 rebounds.