Pacers Stay Spotless
Indianapolis — Paul George scored 17 of his 23 points in the third quarter and the Indiana Pacers beat the Toronto Raptors 91-84 Friday night to improve to 6-0 and match the best start in franchise history.
Roy Hibbert added a season-high 20 points and seven rebounds as the Pacers remained the NBA’s lone undefeated team.
Rudy Gay scored a season-high 30 points on 12-of-26 shooting for the Raptors, who lost their third straight to fall to 2-4. Amir Johnson added 12 points and 10 rebounds. The Raptors shot 39.5 percent from the field, becoming the sixth consecutive opponent Indiana has held to 40 percent shooting or worse.
Knicks 101, Bobcats 91
Charlotte, n.c. — Carmelo Anthony had 28 points and eight rebounds, Andrea Bargnani added 25 points and New York spoiled Patrick Ewing’s NBA head coaching debut with a victory over Charlotte.
Ewing, who spent 15 seasons with the Knicks as a star center, filled in as Charlotte’s coach after Steve Clifford had a procedure earlier in the day to have two stents placed in his heart. Clifford, a Vermont native, checked himself into the hospital late Thursday night with chest pain.
The Knicks shot 75 percent from the field in the third quarter — including six of seven 3-point attempts — to blow open a tight game and snap a three-game losing skid.
Thunder 119, Pistons 110
Auburn Hills, Mich. — Kevin Durant had 37 points, eight rebounds and seven assists to propel Oklahoma City over Detroit.
Rookie Steven Adams played a key role for Oklahoma City, dominating inside when Detroit’s post players were in foul trouble. Adams finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Russell Westbrook scored 20 points despite missing 14 of his 19 field-goal attempts.
Josh Smith finished with 25 points for Detroit before fouling out, while Greg Monroe (20 points, 15 rebounds) and Brandon Jennings (22 points, 11 assists) added double-doubles.
Sixers 94, Cavaliers 79
Philadelphia — Evan Turner scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Tony Wroten added 18 points and Philadelphia cruised past Cleveland to overshadow the return of Andrew Bynum.
Thaddeus Young added 16 points, while James Anderson and Michael Carter-Williams had 11 each for the Sixers, who snapped a two-game losing streak and improved to 4-2. Spencer Hawes scored 10 points.
The buzz leading into the game was the return of Bynum, who signed a two-year, $24 million contract with the Cavaliers in July.
Wizards 112, Nets 108 (ot)
Washington — Nene scored 12 of his 20 points in the final 4½ minutes of the fourth quarter, including a putback with 1.2 seconds to play that sent the game to overtime, and Trevor Ariza hit the go-ahead 3-pointer in the extra period to lift Washington over Brooklyn.
Bradley Beal scored 29 points, John Wall had 17 points and 14 assists, and Marcin Gortat had 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Wizards, who nearly held Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce scoreless for the first time since they were rookies in the 1990s.
Timberwolves 116 Mavericks 108
Minneapolis — Kevin Love had 32 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists to lead Minnesota over Dallas.
Kevin Martin added 32 points and five rebounds and Corey Brewer scored 17 points to help the Timberwolves snap a two-game skid.
Pelicans 96, Lakers 85
New Orleans — Anthony Davis scored a career-high 32 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and tied a career best with six blocks, leading New Orleans over Los Angeles.
Jrue Holiday had 13 points and 13 assists and Eric Gordon scored 16 for the Pelicans, who led most of the way in their second straight win.