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Pacers come out ahead of Nets with 105-91 win

INDIANAPOLIS -- Paul George scored 24 points and Lance Stephenson added 23 to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 105-91 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night.

George Hill finished with 21 points for the Pacers, who put five players in double figures and pulled away with a third-quarter burst.

Roy Hibbert scored 11 and David West 10 for Indiana, which leads the Eastern Conference at 23-6. Stephenson also had nine rebounds and seven assists.

Paul Pierce scored 18 points for the Nets.

Celtics 103, Cavaliers 100 Jeff Green and Jordan Crawford each scored 19 points to help Boston hold off Cleveland.

Brandon Bass added 15 points and a game-saving block in the closing seconds for the Celtics, who led by 19 entering the final quarter and held a 10-point edge with 4{ minutes to play.

Before the game, the Cavaliers suspended center Andrew Bynum indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team and banned him from all team-related activities. Bynum, who signed a two-year, US$24 million contract with the Cavaliers in July, did not travel with the club to Boston and it's likely he has played his final game for Cleveland.

Avery Bradley added 18 points and eight rebounds for Boston, which snapped a three-game skid. Bass also had eight boards.

Kyrie Irving scored 32 points for the Cavaliers, who lost their fourth straight.

Raptors 115, Knicks 100 Kyle Lowry had a season-best 32 points and 11 assists, Terrence Ross made a career-high seven 3-pointers and Toronto beat short-handed New York for the second straight night.

Lowry came within two rebounds of a triple-double and Ross had 23 points as Toronto won for the fourth time in five games. DeMar DeRozan added 20 points for the Raptors, who overcame a 12-point deficit in the second half to beat the Knicks 95-83 at Madison Square Garden on Friday.

Toronto finished with a season-high 15 baskets from beyond the arc.

Amare Stoudemire scored 20 of his 23 points in the second half for the Knicks, who lost for the fifth time in seven games. Leading scorer Carmelo Anthony sat out his third straight with a sore left ankle.

Wizards 106 Pistons 82 John Wall had 20 points and 11 assists, Marcin Gortat added 16 points and Washington routed Detroit.

Trevor Ariza and Bradley Beal each had 15 points for Washington, which snapped a three-game home losing streak. The Wizards have won four of five overall.

One night after their worst defeat of the season, a 22-point loss at Minnesota, the Wizards never trailed, pulling away late in the first half en route to their biggest win.

Greg Monroe scored 14 for the Pistons, who have dropped four of five.

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Houston Rockets' Dwight Howard #12 dunks the ball against the New Orleans Pelicans during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Houston, Texas on Saturday, Dec. 28. (AP)



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