Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - The Indiana Pacers were on the cusp of
their third straight blowout defeat and a nearly insurmountable climb to earn
the Eastern Conference's second seed. But then they woke up. And in a hurry.
Paul George's go-ahead 3-pointer with 29 seconds left lifted the Pacers to a
99-94 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Indiana trailed by 20 points early in
the fourth, but a 17-0 run in the frame got the Pacers back in it. A bit
later, George Hill's three-point play in transition following a Lance
Stephenson steal gave them their first lead of the second half, 93-92, with
46.5 seconds left. Kyrie Irving hit two free throws to put Cleveland back on
top, but Hill drove and found a George wide open in the left corner at the
other end and he buried the 3-pointer to make it 96-94. Irving was called for
a charge on the Cavs' next touch and Jeff Pendergraph split a pair of free
throws to keep it a one-possession game. But Wayne Ellington missed a right
wing triple and George calmly sunk two free throws with six ticks remaining to
seal the victory.
Final Score: Brooklyn 104, Philadelphia 83
Brooklyn, NY (Sports Network) - Reggie Evans and Brook Lopez overpowered the
Philadelphia 76ers in leading the Brooklyn Nets to a 104-83 victory Tuesday at
the Barclay Center. Evans tallied 17 points and 24 rebounds for Brooklyn,
which also received a monster double-double of 29 points and 11 boards from
Lopez. Neither of the Nets' big men played in the fourth quarter. Evans has
now pulled down 20 rebounds or more in back-to-back games and an NBA leading
nine times on the season. Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and MarShon Brooks
contributed 11 points apiece in the win. The Nets now hold a three-game lead
over Chicago for fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings after the
Bulls' lost to Toronto. The victory was the third in four games for P.J.
Carlesimo's squad. Nick Young and Jrue Holiday scored 18 and 15 points,
respectively, for Philadelphia. The Sixers concluded their four-game road trip
with only one win.
Final Score: Miami 94, Milwaukee 83
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - LeBron James had 28 points, seven rebounds and
seven assists and led the Miami Heat to a 94-83 win against the Milwaukee
Bucks on Tuesday. Despite not having Dwyane Wade (ankle) and Chris Bosh
(knee), James, who made his second straight start after missing three games
due to a tight hamstring, still powered his team to victory. Norris Cole and
Ray Allen scored 11 points apiece off the bench and Udonis Haslem recorded a
double-double with 10 points and 15 rebounds. The win gives the Heat their
61st of the season, tying the single-season franchise record set by the
1996-97 team. Miami has already clinched the top seed in the Eastern
Conference standings and is four wins ahead of the Spurs for the best record
in the league with five games left on the schedule. Brandon Jennings scored a
game-high 30 points, but was the only Milwaukee player to score double-digits.
The Bucks have lost three of their last four games. The Bucks have already
clinched a playoff berth, but the loss now puts them three games behind the
Celtics for the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference with five games left.
Final Score: New York 120, Washington 99
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Carmelo Anthony continued his scorching play
of late with 36 points, eight rebounds and six assists, as the New York Knicks
won their 13th straight contest with a 120-99 rout of the Washington Wizards
on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. Anthony, who entered the action
0.09 points per game ahead of Kevin Durant for the lead in the NBA scoring
race, shot 13-of-21 from the floor and 3-of-4 from behind the arc as the
Knicks clinched their first Atlantic Division title since the 1993-94 season.
Iman Shumpert added 18 points on 7-of-10 from the field, while J.R. Smith and
Chris Copeland each netted 17 off the bench. The Knicks matched a franchise
record with 20 makes from 3-point range
Final Score: Toronto 101, Chicago 98
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - DeMar DeRozan netted 20 points and Rudy Gay
added 19 points and six rebounds in the Toronto Raptors' 101-98 win over the
short-handed Chicago Bulls. Kyle Lowry finished with 13 points and 10 assists
for the Raptors, who have won three of their last four games. Jimmy Butler
registered 28 points and seven boards for Chicago, which played without Joakim
Noah, Luol Deng and Taj Gibson. The Bulls fell three games behind the Brooklyn
Nets for the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference and saw its lead for the
No. 5 seed trimmed to a half-game of the Atlanta Hawks.
Final Score: Houston 101, Phoenix 98
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - James Harden shot a 3-pointer at the buzzer and
it was goaltended by Jermaine O'Neal, giving the Houston Rockets a 101-98
victory over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday. Harden scored 33 points, and while
he was just 9-of-21 from the field, including 1-of-7 from behind the arc, he
was 13-of-14 from the foul line while adding six rebounds and six assists
Francisco Garcia had 15 points while Jeremy Lin and Greg Smith scored 13 and
12 points, respectively, in the victory, their fifth in the last six games.
The Rockets sit in seventh place in the Western Conference standings, a half-
game behind the Warriors with four games left on the schedule. Luis Scola had
a team-high 28 points and eight rebounds for the Suns, who have lost 10
straight and 14 of their last 15 games. Goran Dragic registered a double-
double with 15 points and 10 assists while Markieff Morris had 11 points and
nine rebounds in the setback.
Final Score: Memphis 94, Charlotte 75
Memphis, TN (Sports Network) - Mike Conley led the way with 20 points and
seven assists as the Memphis Grizzlies coasted to a 94-75 win over the
Charlotte Bobcats at the FedExForum. Conley went 8-of-13 from the floor for
Memphis, which extended its home winning streak to 13 games. The Grizzlies
have not lost at FedExForum since Feb. 5 and are 31-8 in their own arena on
the season. Zach Randolph added a double-double with 11 points and 13
rebounds, while Jon Leuer chipped in 11 points off the bench in the victory.
Kemba Walker paced the Bobcats with 19 points on 9-of-17 shooting from the
field. The other four starters for Charlotte combined to make only 13-of-41 of
their field goal tries. Bismack Biyombo led the visitors with 12 rebounds to
mark his second-straight game with 10 boards or more. Mike Dunlap's team has
now lost 13 road games in a row.
Final Score: Oklahoma City 90, Utah 80
Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) - Kevin Durant just missed a triple-double
with 21 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists, as the Oklahoma City Thunder
dispatched the Utah Jazz, 90-80, on Tuesday at EnergySolutions Arena. Russell
Westbrook contributed 25 points and Serge Ibaka had 16 with eight rebounds and
five blocks as the Thunder pulled within a half-game of idle San Antonio for
the top seed in the Western Conference. Oklahoma City, which was coming off a
home loss to the surging New York Knicks on Sunday, was able to move its
Northwest Division lead to 3 1/2 games ahead of Denver by recording a third
straight road win. With the loss, the Jazz are now in a virtual tie for the
eighth spot with the Los Angeles Lakers, who are currently in action against
the New Orleans Hornets. Mo Williams scored 19 points, Gordon Hayward had 17
and Al Jefferson finished with a 15-point, 11-rebound double-double for the
Jazz, who had won seven of eight coming in.
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