Pacers Outpace Cavaliers
Washington Wizards' Garrett Temple, left, drives past Charlotte Bobcats' Bismack Biyombo, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, March 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Cleveland — Gerald Green scored 20 points and Tyler Hansbrough, starting in place of the injured David West, had 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 111-90 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers last night.
West missed the game with a sprained lower back sustained Saturday against Philadelphia, but the Pacers dominated without their second-leading scorer.
Green scored 13 points in the second quarter and Hansbrough, making just his second start of the season, led a balanced attack. Paul George scored 14 points while Roy Hibbert added 12 as the Pacers avoided losing three in a row for the third time this season.
Bobcats 119, Wizards 114
Charlotte, n.c. — Gerald Henderson had 27 points, Kemba Walker came up big late and Charlotte ended Washington’s three-game winning streak.
Walker scored nine of his 18 points in the final three minutes to spark a 12-0 run, lifting the Bobcats to only their second win in their last 14 games.
Sixers 101, Trail Blazers 100
Philadelphia — Spencer Hawes had 18 points and 13 rebounds, and Jrue Holiday scored 27 points to lead Philadelphia over Portland.
The Sixers wasted a 14-point lead and Portland took the lead late in the fourth. Holiday, though, rallied the Sixers and stretched the lead to 101-97 on a pair of free throws.
Mavericks 127, Hawks 113
Atlanta — Darren Collison scored 24 points and hot-shooting Dallas set season highs for points in a half and a game while beating Atlanta.
Dallas led 68-55 at halftime and kept adding to the lead in the second half. Dirk Nowitzki, who had 22 points, hit two free throws as the Mavericks reached 100 with their first points of the final period.
Nets 119, Pistons 82
Auburn Hills, Mich. — Deron Williams scored 31 points in 28 minutes, and Brooklyn routed hapless Detroit in the opener of its eight-game road trip.
Detroit lost its ninth straight and fell to 2-13 since the All-Star break.
Warriors 93, Hornets 72
New Orleans — Stephen Curry scored 30 points and Golden State won easily for the second straight night, beating struggling New Orleans.
Curry, who scored 29 points in a 30-point victory at Houston on Sunday, made 10 of his 19 field goal attempts, going 6 of 9 on 3-pointers, hitting one from as far as 29 feet.
Grizzlies 92, Timberwolves 77
Memphis, Tenn. — Mike Conley had 20 points and six assists and Memphis snapped a two-game losing streak with a victory over Minnesota.
Conley was 8 of 14 from the field and connected on 3 of 6 from beyond the arc to help Memphis its 10th straight win in the series. Marc Gasol finished with 16 points and Jerryd Bayless added 15. Zach Randolph had 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Tayshaun Prince scored 12 points and grabbed a season-high 14 rebounds.
Alexey Shved led the Timberwolves with 12 points, and Mickael Gelabale and J.J. Barea finished with 11 apiece. The Timberwolves’ reserves scored 44 points as no Minnesota starter finished in double figures.
Minnesota shot 34 percent and was outscored 50-28 in the paint.