Pacers fend off rival Heat

INDIANAPOLIS — Paul George scored 23 points and Roy Hibbert had 21, leading the Indiana Pacers back from a seven-point fourth-quarter deficit for an 84-83 victory over the Miami Heat on Wednesday night.

The NBA's best home team ended a two-game losing streak, took a 2-1 lead in the season series against the two-time defending champions and rebuilt a three-game advantage in the race for the Eastern Conference's top seed. Indiana (52-20) also clinched its second straight Central Division crown, something it hadn't done since 1998-99 and 1999-2000.

LeBron James scored 38 points, but missed a potential go-ahead 3 late. Chris Bosh had a jumper at the buzzer to win it but it hit nothing but air.

George had two monster dunks — one over LeBron James — to get the Pacers back in the game.

Spurs 108, Nuggets 103

At San Antonio, Tim Duncan had 29 points, 13 rebounds and five assists, and San Antonio overcame a fourth-quarter collapse to beat Denver for its 15th straight victory.

Danny Green scored 16 points before leaving with a foot injury early in the second half. Tiago Splitter, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili had 10 points apiece for San Antonio (55-16), which maintained the league's best record.

Aaron Brooks scored 25 points and Kenneth Faried had 24 points, including 15 points in a frenzied final quarter for Denver. Timofey Mozgov added 14 points and 11 rebounds and Quincy Miller had 11 points.

Knicks 107, Kings 99

At Sacramento, Calif., Carmelo Anthony scored 36 points, J.R. Smith added 29 points and New York held off a furious rally to beat Sacramento and move a game closer to a playoff berth.

New York led by 24 in the third quarter before Sacramento surged back, and the Knicks needed a scintillating shooting performance from Anthony and Smith to snap a two-game skid.

DeMarcus Cousins had 32 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists for the Kings.

Raptors 99, Celtics 90

At Boston, Terrence Ross scored 24 points, Kyle Lowry 23 and Toronto beat Boston to edge closer to its first playoff berth since 2008.

DeMar DeRozan added 20 points for Toronto, which increased its Atlantic Division lead to 21/2; games over Brooklyn, which lost in Charlotte.

Timberwolves 107, Hawks 83

At Minneapolis, Gorgui Dieng had 15 points and 15 rebounds and Minnesota dealt slumping Atlanta another costly loss.

Corey Brewer and Kevin Martin each scored 18 points and Kevin Love had 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Timberwolves. Minnesota scored 32 points off 26 Hawks turnovers and blew the game open in the second half.

Grizzlies 91, Jazz 87

At Salt Lake City, Zach Randolph had 22 points and 13 rebounds, and his two free throws with 11 seconds clinched Memphis' come-from-behind win over Utah.

Mike Conley scored 19 points and Marc Gasol added 18 for the Grizzlies, who won for the fifth time in six games and are a season-best 15 games over .500.

Pelicans 98, Clippers 96

At New Orleans, Anthony Davis had 16 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks, and under-manned New Orleans beat Los Angeles for its fourth straight win.

Darius Miller capped a 16-point effort with a pair of crucial late jumpers, the last giving New Orleans a 97-92 lead with 47 seconds left.

Anthony Morrow scored 27 points.

Suns 99, Wizards 93

At Washington, Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe combined to finish with 48 points, 13 assists and 13 rebounds, helping Phoenix beat Washington for its fifth consecutive victory.

The Suns moved into a tie with the Dallas Mavericks for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Both clubs are 43-29 with 10 games remaining.

John Wall led Washington with 29 points and six assists.

Cavaliers 97, Pistons 96

At Auburn Hills, Mich., Dion Waiters hit a contested baseline jumper at the buzzer to complete a rally that lifted Cleveland over the Detroit.

The Pistons led 82-66 going into the fourth quarter, but once again collapsed down the stretch.

Josh Smith scored 24 points and Kyle Singler added 18 for Detroit.

Bobcats 116, Nets 111, OT

At Charlotte, N.C., Al Jefferson scored 35 points, Kemba Walker had a double-double and the Charlotte Bobcats defeated the Brooklyn Nets in overtime for their 10th victory at home in the last 12 games.

Walker had 20 points and 12 assists and Chris Douglas-Roberts had 16 points, including two big jump shots in overtime.

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