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George, Hibbert, Hill lead Pacers past 76ers


February 19. 2013 10:10PM
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INDIANAPOLIS — Paul George scored 28 points, Roy Hibbert played his best all-around game of the season and George Hill had a triple-double to lead the Indiana Pacers past the short-handed Philadelphia 76ers 95-85 on Friday night.


George scored 14 points during a third-quarter flurry that changed the game. Hibbert had 19 points and a season-high 14 rebounds. Hill had 15 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds.


Philadelphia played without guard Jrue Holiday, who sat out with a sprained left foot. Evan Turner scored 20 points and Spencer Hawes had 18 off the bench to lead the 76ers.


It wasn't enough.


After giving up six points to Philadelphia in the final 3.8 seconds of the first half, the Pacers used a 16-4 third-quarter run to take a 60-52 lead and never trailed again.


Hill originally was credited with nine rebounds, but an official scoring change after the game gave him the triple-double.



Thunder 113, Kings 103

OKLAHOMA CITY — Kevin Durant scored 31 points, Serge Ibaka added 18 points and 11 rebounds and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Sacramento Kings for their 10th straight win.


It's the franchise's longest winning streak since 1996, when it won 11 in a row as the Seattle SuperSonics.


The Kings didn't go away easily, closing to 103-98 after trailing by as many as 24 in the fourth quarter. Isaiah Thomas scored all 26 of his points in the final 13 1/2 minutes. He had four 3-pointers, a layup and a jumper during a 23-4 comeback attempt by Sacramento.


Thunder coach Scott Brooks had already emptied his bench, but ended up calling timeout to put starters back in and hold off the Kings.


Raptors 95, Mavericks, 74

TORONTO — Linas Kleiza scored 12 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, rookie Terrence Ross had 18 points and the Toronto Raptors beat the Dallas Mavericks, snapping a six-game losing streak.


DeMar DeRozan and Jose Calderon had 14 points each for the Raptors, who had lost 14 of their previous 17 meetings with the Mavericks.



Magic 99, Warriors 85

ORLANDO, Fla. — J.J. Redick had 16 points and Nikola Vucevic added 12 points and 17 rebounds to help the Orlando Magic hold off the Golden State Warriors.


The Magic led by as many as 20 before having their lead trimmed to 10 points late. But they connected on nine 3-pointers to help secure the win. Andrew Nicholson added 15 points and nine rebounds.


The victory snaps a four-game home losing streak for the Magic, who have won eight of their past nine against the Warriors.


Stephen Curry led Golden State with 25 points and David Lee had 24. Golden State had its five-game win streak ended. The Warriors conclude their seven-game road trip Saturday in Atlanta.


Lakers 102, Wizards 96

WASHINGTON — Straining to work out the kinks in an offense coach Mike D'Antoni compared to dancing with two left shoes, Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers even struggled to put away the Washington Wizards.


A night after joking about wanting to face the Washington Generals, the Harlem Globetrotters' longtime foils, Bryant scored 30 points, and reserve Jodie Meeks added 24, helping the Lakers beat the Wizards to end a four-game losing streak.



Bucks 90, Cavaliers 86

CLEVELAND — Monta Ellis scored a season-high 33 points, Brandon Jennings added 16 and the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers.


The win gave Milwaukee a season-high four-game winning streak and was the Bucks' ninth straight victory over the Cavaliers.


Kyrie Irving scored 26 points to lead Cleveland, which committed a season-high 27 turnovers. The Cavaliers have lost seven of eight and 11 of 13.



Timberwolves 113, Hornets 102

NEW ORLEANS — Nikola Pekovic scored a season-high 31 points, Andrei Kirilenko had 21 points and 11 rebounds, and the Minnesota Timberwolves won their third straight game.


Pekovic was 14 for 18 from the field, scoring almost exclusively inside where Minnesota finished with a whopping 70-42 scoring advantage despite an off night for Kevin Love, who made only 4 of 18 shots.




Rockets 101, Celtics 89

HOUSTON — James Harden scored 21 points and Greg Smith added 20 to help the Houston Rockets to a win over the Boston Celtics.


Harden had 10 points, four assists, two rebounds and a steal in the third quarter as Houston built its lead.


The Rockets used a 9-2 run capped by a 3-pointer by Harden to open the period and go on top 52-47. They never trailed after that and cruised to the victory.



Nets 107, Pistons 105

NEW YORK — Joe Johnson made a jumper from just inside the arc as time expired in the second overtime, giving the Brooklyn Nets a victory over the Detroit Pistons.


Johnson finished with 28 points for the Nets, scoring their final five in the second extra period. Gerald Wallace added 25 points and 10 rebounds.





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