Pacers Dismantle Knicks
New York Knicks guard Pablo Prigioni (9), of Argentina, goes for a rebound in front of Indiana Pacers guard D.J. Augustin (14) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
Indianapolis — Paul George scored 27 points and the Indiana Pacers powered their way closer to the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference by beating the New York Knicks 125-91 last night.
David West had 18 points and nine rebounds, and Lance Stephenson added 14 points for Indiana (33-21), which pulled within a half-game of the Knicks for second place in the East.
The Pacers shot 53 percent from the field, scored a season-high point total and had a season-best 28 assists against the Atlantic Division leaders. It was Indiana’s largest margin of victory this season and New York’s worst loss.
Heat 103, Hawks 90
Atlanta — Miami scored the first 13 points of the fourth quarter to erase Atlanta’s 10-point lead and the Heat, led by LeBron James’ 24 points, beat the Hawks to extend their season-best winning streak to eight games.
Dwyane Wade scored 20 points and Shane Battier had 17, hitting three 3-pointers in the final period. James had 11 assists and six rebounds but could not extend his franchise-record streak of seven straight games with at least 30 points.
Miami outscored Atlanta 40-17 in the final period after trailing 73-63 through three quarters.
Grizzlies 88, Raptors 82
Toronto — Zach Randolph had 17 points and 18 rebounds, Mike Conley scored 17 points and the Grizzlies won their fifth straight game.
Toronto’s Rudy Gay came up short against his former team as the Raptors had their five-game winning streak ended.
Pistons 105, Bobcats 99
Charlotte, n.c. — Greg Monroe scored 10 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, stepping up with Brandon Knight on the bench nursing a hyperextended right knee, to lead Detroit over Charlotte.
Knight had 21 points before injuring his knee late in the third quarter. Monroe then took over, finishing with seven rebounds and seven assists as the Pistons denied the Bobcats their first back-to-back wins since November.
Timberwolves 94, 76ers 87
Minneapolis — Nikola Pekovic had 27 points and tied a career high with 18 rebounds to power Minnesota over Philadelphia.
Derrick Williams had 17 points and eight rebounds and Andrei Kirilenko added 15 points and five assists in his return from a thigh injury for the Timberwolves.
Rockets 122, Thunder 119
Houston — James Harden scored a career-high 46 points and Jeremy Lin added 29 as Houston mounted a furious fourth-quarter comeback for a victory over Oklahoma City.
Houston was down by 14 points with about seven minutes left. The Rockets used a 21-4 run to erase the deficit and take a 114-111 lead with 1:46 remaining. Harden stepped back under heavy pressure from Serge Ibaka to sink a 3 to tie it, before Lin connected on one seconds later to give the Rockets their first lead of the second half.
Mavericks 111, Magic 96
Dallas — Shawn Marion and Elton Brand scored 17 apiece, Vince Carter again provided a spark off the bench and Dallas beat Orlando.
The victory snapped a nine-game winning streak for the road team in the series, and the Magic lost for the 26th time in 29 games despite a third-quarter surge that put them in front.
Rockets Make Trades
Houston — The Houston Rockets reached separate agreements on trades that will send Patrick Patterson, Cole Aldrich and Toney Douglas to Sacramento and Marcus Morris to Phoenix, a person familiar with the situation said yesterday.
The Rockets will receive Thomas Robinson, the No. 5 pick in last year’s draft, Francisco Garcia and Tyler Honeycutt from the Kings, according to the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced and was still pending league approval.
In the other deal, the person said the Rockets will receive a future second-round pick from the Suns in exchange for Morris, who will join his twin brother, Markieff, on the Phoenix roster.