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December 21, 2013

The Associated Press

Miami’s LeBron James shoots over Sacramento’s Travis Outlaw in the first half of Friday’s game in Miami, won by the Heat, 112-103.

NBA Roundup: Pacers end mild skid by routing Rockets

The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — Paul George had 24 points and nine rebounds and Lance Stephenson added 16 points, leading Indiana to a 114-81 rout of Houston.

The Pacers ended their only two-game losing streak of the season and maintained their grip on the Eastern Conference’s best record (21-5) with their most lopsided win of the season.

Dwight Howard finished with 19 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks for the Rockets. James Harden, the NBA’s No. 6 scorer, was held in check most of the night by George, finishing with 12 points on 3-of-14 shooting.

Former Indiana All-Star Danny Granger received a standing ovation when he made his season debut late in the first quarter and fans chanted his name when he made his first basket, a 3-pointer, early in the fourth.

76ERS 121, NETS 120: Evan Turner hit the winning basket at the buzzer and scored 29 points to lead host Philadelphia to an overtime win over Brooklyn.

Paul Pierce hit a 3-pointer with 16.9 seconds left in OT to give the Nets the short-lived lead.

Turner drove past a pair of defenders and tossed up the last-gasp shot. The ball bounced three times around the rim before it dropped through the net. After a brief review, the bucket stood and the Sixers snapped a seven-game losing streak.

Thaddeus Young scored 25 points for the Sixers.

Alan Anderson had a season-high 26 points for the Nets while Pierce scored 24.

BOBCATS 116, PISTONS 106: Kemba Walker scored 34 points and Al Jefferson led a fourth-quarter rally that carried Charlotte to victory at Detroit after trailing by as many as 20.

Charlotte was down 14 after three quarters before dominating the fourth. Jefferson scored 13 points during a 16-3 run.

Charlotte scored 72 points in the second half, outscoring the Pistons 41-17 in the final quarter.

HEAT 122, KINGS 103: Chris Bosh scored 25 points, Dwyane Wade added 20 and host Miami put up a season high for points in rolling past Sacramento.

LeBron James had 18 points, eight assists and six rebounds while sitting out the fourth quarter for Miami.

CAVALIERS 114, BUCKS 111: Kyrie Irving made four free throws in the final 21.5 seconds of overtime and finished with 39 points while battling a flu bug, leading host Cleveland over short-handed Milwaukee.

Irving played despite being ill the past two days and missing practice Thursday. The All-Star guard played 43 minutes and carried the Cavs to their fifth win in six home games.

Earl Clark made a 3-pointer as the shot clock expired with 44 seconds left, and Jarrett Jack added 17 points for the Cavs.

HAWKS 118, JAZZ 85: Lou Williams scored 25 points and host Atlanta continued its offensive upswing in cruising past Utah to win its third straight and for fourth time in five games.

RAPTORS 109, MAVERICKS 108: DeMar DeRozan scored 15 points, including the go-ahead basket on a wild shot while getting fouled in the final minute of overtime, and Toronto won at Dallas.





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