NBA: Pacers' George scores 25; Suns lose sixth straight

2013-03-31T00:00:00Z NBA: Pacers' George scores 25; Suns lose sixth straightThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 31, 2013 12:00 am  • 

PHOENIX - Paul George scored 25 points to lead all five Indiana starters in double figures, and the Pacers won their fourth straight with a 112-104 victory over the Suns on Saturday night.

Roy Hibbert scored 20, Lance Stephenson 16, George Hill 15 and David West 14 for the Pacers.

The Suns have lost six straight.

Indiana's seventh victory in eight games lifted them a half-game ahead of idle New York for second in the Eastern Conference.

Goran Dragic, who sat out the previous two games for rest, had 21 points and nine assists for the Suns before fouling out with 1:10 to play. Dragic was one of seven Suns players to score in double figures.

• Lakers 103, Kings 98: In Sacramento, Calif., Kobe Bryant scored 19 points and tied a season high with 14 assists despite a nagging left foot injury, and Los Angeles kept pace for the Western Conference's final playoff.

Bryant added nine rebounds and facilitated the Lakers' offense for 48 minutes after Steve Nash exited early in the first quarter with a recurring right hamstring injury. Bryant also passed Lakers great Wilt Chamberlain (31,419 points) for fourth on the NBA's career scoring list.

The Lakers stayed even with Utah for the eighth and final playoff spot.

• Mavericks 100, Bulls 98: In Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki hit a three-pointer with 2.9 seconds left to lift Dallas.

Dallas trailed by 12 in the fourth quarter, but Nowitzki scored Dallas' last eight points in a closing 15-1 run over the final 3 1/2 minutes of the game. He finished with a season-high 35 points.

After Jimmy Butler missed two free throws with 15.9 seconds remaining, Nowitzki connected on the winning three with Luol Deng running at him. Chicago's Nate Robinson then missed a jumper at the buzzer.

• Warriors 125, Trail Blazers 98: In Oakland, Calif., Stephen Curry scored 39 points and Golden State moved one step closer toward ending their five-year playoff drought.

Carl Landry had a season-high 25 points and 10 rebounds coming off the bench, and David Lee had 13 points for the Warriors, who maintained their 1 1/2-game lead over Houston for sixth place in West.

• Jazz 116, Nets 107: In Salt Lake City, Randy Foye scored 26 points, tying a career high with eight three-pointers.

The victory was the fourth straight for Utah, which entered the night eighth in the Western Conference by virtue of its tiebreaker over the Lakers.

• Rockets 98, Clippers 81: In Houston, Jeremy Lin, Chandler Parsons and Francisco Garcia scored 15 points apiece for the Rockets.

Houston was playing without shooting guard and leading scorer James Harden, who missed his third game of the season with a right ankle sprain.

• Thunder 109, Bucks 99: In Milwaukee, Kevin Durant scored 30 points, and Russell Westbrook had a triple-double.

Durant is on pace to join Larry Bird in 1986-87 as the only players to average more than 28 points while shooting better than 50 percent from the field, 90 percent from the line and 40 percent from three-point range.

• Hawks 97, Magic 88: In Atlanta, Ivan Johnson scored a season-high 21 points off the bench, and Devin Harris had 13 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter as Atlanta pulled away to beat Orlando.

Atlanta has beaten Orlando 10 straight times and is fifth in the Eastern Conference playoff race, a half-game ahead of Chicago.

• Grizzlies 99, Timberwolves 86: In Minneapolis, Marc Gasol scored 21 points, and Memphis pulled away in the fourth quarter.

Minnesota's Ricky Rubio just missed his second career triple-double with 23 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. Derrick Williams added 19 points for the Timberwolves.

• 76ers 100, Bobcats 92: In Philadelphia, Jrue Holiday scored 10 straight points down the stretch, and Evan Turner finished with 21.

After going 1 for 9 in the first three quarters, Holiday scored 11 of his 14 points in the fourth to help the Sixers win for the seventh time in 11 games.

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