NBA: Pacers top Chicago to share Central lead

2013-02-05T00:00:00Z NBA: Pacers top Chicago to share Central leadThe Associated Press The Associated Press
February 05, 2013 12:00 am  • 

INDIANAPOLIS - David West scored 29 points and Paul George had 21 points, 11 rebounds and five assists, leading Indiana past short-handed Chicago 111-101 on Monday night for a share of the Central Division lead.

The Pacers have won three straight and extended their home winning streak to 14, matching the team's longest since 2002-03.

Marco Belinelli had a season-high 24 points and Nate Robinson had 19 to lead the Bulls, who lost for only the third time in nine games. The Bulls played again without starting guards Kirk Hinrich (elbow), Derrick Rose (knee) and center Joakim Noah (foot). The Bulls also survived a scare when Belinelli crashed to the floor clutching his right ankle late in the first quarter.

• Jazz 98, Kings 91, OT: In Salt Lake City, Randy Foye had 20 points, including six in overtime, and the Utah Jazz defeated the Sacramento Kings.

Paul Millsap added 14, with a key block, step-back jumper and rebound in the extra session for the Jazz, who used an 8-0 fourth-quarter run to take the lead with 2:40 left in regulation.

Utah had a chance to win it in regulation, but big man Al Jefferson shot an air ball three-pointer at the buzzer.

• Wizards 98, Clippers 90: In Washington, Martell Webster scored 21 points, and Washington broke a four-game losing streak against a Los Angeles team missing Blake Griffin and Chris Paul.

With Griffin nursing a strained left hamstring and Paul still dealing with a bruised right kneecap, the Wizards pulled away with a 7-0 run late in the fourth quarter, spurred by a pair of big offensive rebounds by Nene.

Nene and Garrett Temple scored 15 points apiece for the Wizards, who entered the game tied with the Charlotte Bobcats for the worst record in the NBA.

• Heat 99, Bobcats 94: In Miami, LeBron James scored 31 points and Chris Bosh added 23 to lead Miami to its 10th consecutive victory over Charlotte.

Dwyane Wade had 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Heat, who have won nine of their last 10 at home.

Ramon Sessions scored 18 points for Charlotte, which lost its fourth in a row and 12th in the last 14.

• Knicks 99, Pistons 85: In New York, Tyson Chandler tied a franchise record with his third straight 20-rebound game, Carmelo Anthony scored 27 points, and New York cruised to its fifth consecutive victory.

In a game that was decided early, Chandler played long enough to grab his 20th rebound midway through the fourth quarter. After grabbing 20 in victories on Friday and Saturday night, he became the first Knicks player to have 20 in three straight games since Hall of Famer Willis Reed in December 1969.

• Thunder 112, Mavericks 91: In Oklahoma City, Russell Westbrook scored 24 points, Kevin Durant had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Oklahoma City avoided a third straight overtime game against Dallas.

The Mavericks had tied the first two meetings this season with three-pointers at the very end, but there was no such drama the third time around.

• Trail Blazers 100, Timberwolves 98: In Minneapolis, LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 13 rebounds to help Portland avoid a late collapse against Minnesota.

Wes Matthews scored 22 points and Damon Lillard added 21 points for the Blazers, but they each had five of the team's season-high 28 turnovers. The Blazers never trailed in the game, but the Wolves had a chance to tie or win in the end. Ricky Rubio swung the ball to Dante Cunningham, whose 19-footer fell short.

• 76ers 78, Magic 61: In Philadelphia, Spencer Hawes had 21 points and 14 rebounds and Jrue Holiday had 13 points and 14 assists to lead Philadelphia to its third straight win.

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