Pacers Overwhelm Lakers
Indianapolis — Paul George scored 12 of his 20 points in the third quarter, Evan Turner had 13 points in his Pacers debut, and Indiana beat the Los Angeles Lakers 118-98 on Tuesday night.
Indiana improved its league-leading record to 43-13.
Kent Bazemore finished with a career-high 23 points and Jodie Meeks added 15 for the Lakers (19-38), who have the worst record in the West. The loss also ended Los Angeles’ three-game winning streak at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The Lakers stayed closer than expected through the first 2 ½ quarters and trailed just 59-58 early in the third.
But George then scored 10 points in a decisive 14-5 spurt that gave Indiana an 80-68 lead with 2:58 to go in the period. The Pacers finished the quarter on an 11-2 run to make it 91-70, and the Lakers couldn’t get closer than 19 the rest of the way.
It was a huge night for George and Indiana’s continually evolving bench.
Wizards 115, Magic 106
Washington — John Wall scored 27 points, and the must-make-playoffs Wizards survived their first game after Nene’s latest injury, beating road-hapless Magic.
Trevor Ariza added 22 points and hit all five of his 3-point attempts, and Marcin Gortat had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Wizards, who made 10 of 16 3-pointers and have won a season-high four in a row to move one game above .500. They also improved to 2-6 this season without Nene, who sprained the MCL in his left knee Sunday in a 96-83 win at Cleveland.
Raptors 99, Cavaliers 93
Cleveland — DeMar DeRozan scored 16 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter, and Toronto won for the sixth time in seven games.
Terrence Ross hit a 3-pointer with 3:02 remaining to put Toronto ahead 90-89. DeRozan dunked on a baseline drive and added two free throws to give the Raptors a 94-91 lead with 1:23 remaining. The All-Star hit three more free throws in the final 27 seconds to put away the game.
Kyrie Irving, who played 45 minutes and the entire second half because of Cleveland’s depleted roster, scored 25 points and had nine assists. Cleveland has lost three straight after winning six in a row and fell 5½ games out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Bulls 107, Hawks 103
Atlanta — Mike Dunleavy scored 22 points, Joakim Noah had 20 points and 12 rebounds and Chicago held off Atlanta.
Carlos Boozer had 17 points and 11 rebounds for Chicago, and Kirk Hinrich scored 14 points, including six free throws in the final 44 seconds. The Bulls have won six of seven.
Jeff Teague had 26 points but made two costly turnovers late in the game for the Hawks, who have lost nine of 10. Shelvin Mack had 17 points.
The Bulls led most of the second half but never pushed the advantage to double figures.
DeMarre Carroll’s fast-break basket gave Atlanta a 100-99 lead, but Dunleavy answered with a layup. With 1:03 remaining, Carroll sank a 3-pointer to give Atlanta a 103-101 lead.