February 2, 2013

NBA Roundup: Torrid Indiana again scorches the Heat

The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana did it again Friday night.

And this time, the Pacers beat Miami at its own game.

David West scored 30 points, Paul George added 17 and Indiana became the second team to beat the defending champs twice this season with a 102-89 victory.

The Pacers have won 13 in a row at home and two straight since ending a three-game losing streak earlier this week. They've also won three straight regular-season games over the Heat and have not lost to Miami since the Heat swept the final three games of the Eastern Conference semifinal series last spring.

For Miami, it was a frustrating night. While players and coaches promised to play a more physical game than the first one, the 87-77 loss on Jan. 8 also at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, it didn't make much difference.

The Heat still got outrebounded and allowed the Pacers to shoot a season-high 55.7 percent from the field. During one stretch, West made 11 straight baskets.

How frustrating was it? Three Miami players and Coach Erik Spoelstra drew technical fouls.

And after Miami put up a season-low 77 points in the first trip to Indiana, this time it nearly allowed Indiana to finish with its highest points total in a non-overtime game all season. The season high was 105 against Houston two weeks earlier.

It was that kind of night in Indy. Lance Stephenson had 15 points and George Hill 12 before leaving briefly late in the game with a left shoulder injury.

Meanwhile, the only other Miami players to reach double figures were Chris Bosh with 13 and Shane Battier with 11.

RAPTORS 98, CLIPPERS 73: Rudy Gay wowed a sellout crowd by scoring 20 points in his Toronto debut, leading the Raptors to a 98-73 rout of short-handed Los Angeles.

Amir Johnson had 19 points and matched his career high with 16 rebounds for the Raptors. DeMar DeRozan also scored 19 as Toronto welcomed Gay with a winning effort two days after the high-scoring forward was acquired from the Memphis Grizzlies in a three-team trade that included Detroit.

76ERS 89, KINGS 80: Thaddeus Young had 23 points and 15 rebounds, and Jrue Holiday scored 21 to lead host Philadelphia over Sacramento.

Nick Young scored 20 points to help the Sixers win consecutive games for the first time since they had a three-game winning streak from Nov. 25-30.

They beat Washington and the Kings this week for the rare winning streak. The Sixers won for only the fifth time in 14 games and eighth in 25.

PISTONS 117, CAVALIERS 99: Brandon Knight had 20 points and 10 assists, and host Detroit never trailed.

Greg Monroe added 18 points and 16 rebounds for the Pistons, who played without newly acquired point guard Jose Calderon. After being traded from Toronto to Detroit, the Spanish-born Calderon needed to resolve visa issues before he could play.

NETS 93, BULLS 89: Brook Lopez scored 20 points through three quarters, then host Brooklyn turned to its bench to beat short-handed Chicago.

Andray Blatche scored all of his 11 points in the fourth quarter and MarShon Brooks had nine of his 13 as the reserves scored the Nets' first 20 points.

KNICKS 96, BUCKS 86: Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points, Amare Stoudemire had 17 points and seven rebounds off the bench, and host New York extended its winning streak to three games with a victory over Milwaukee.

GRIZZLIES 85, WIZARDS 76: Mike Conley scored 18 points and Tayshaun Prince added 14 in his Memphis debut, including a pair of key fourth-quarter jumpers, as the Grizzlies defeated Washington.

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