Basketball - Pacers beat Heat, Kobe loses again

The Indiana Pacers defeated the Miami Heat 90-84 in a rematch of last season's Eastern Conference Finals.

Pacers 90, Heat 84

Center Roy Hibbert scored 24 points and Paul George scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half to help the Indiana Pacers defeat the Miami Heat in a rematch of last season's Eastern Conference Finals.

Indiana led by just two midway through the fourth quarter where they went on a 7-0 run capped by George's three-pointer that put them ahead 81-72.

LeBron James was held to 17 points on 6-for-16 shooting for the Heat (16-6), who defeated the Pacers in their seven-game playoff matchup.

The Pacers (19-3) improved on the NBA's best record and remained the Eastern Conference's only unbeaten team at home (10-0).

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Thunder 101, Hawks 92

Kevin Durant scored a game-high 30 points as the Oklahoma City Thunder pulled away from Atlanta to win their third straight.

Paul Millsap finished with 23 points to lead the Hawks (11-11) but they were undone when the Thunder (16-4) embarked on a 13-0 run in the fourth quarter.

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Spurs 116, Raptors 103

Manu Ginobili came off the bench to score 16 points while adding nine assists as the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Toronto Raptors.

Tony Parker added 15 points for the Spurs (16-4) while Amir Johnson and guard DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors (7-13) with 19 points.

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Cavaliers 109, Knicks 94

Kyrie Irving scored a game-high 37 points and dished out 11 assists in the Cleveland Cavaliers' 109-94 victory over the New York Knicks.

Irving converted 14-of-23 shots from the field and the Cavs (8-13) have now won four of their last five games to climb back into the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Carmelo Anthony paced the Knicks (5-15) with 29 points and eight rebounds as New York lost for the 11th time in 13 games.

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Timberwolves 121, Pistons 94

Kevin Love piled up 26 points, 16 rebounds and seven assists in 30 minutes as the Minnesota Timberwolves pounded the Detroit Pistons.

Love, who missed the Timberwolves' 103-82 loss to Miami on Saturday because of his grandmother's death, helped Minnesota (10-11) hand Detroit (10-12) a second straight loss.

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Nets 104, Celtics 96

Deron Williams scored eight of his season-high 25 points in the fourth quarter, and the Brooklyn Nets led for the final 40 minutes in a victory over the Boston Celtics.

Williams returned after missing nine games with a sprained left ankle and the Nets (7-14) posted consecutive victories for the first time this season.

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Bucks 78, Bulls 74

John Henson scored 25 points to help the Milwaukee Bucks secure a victory over the Chicago Bulls.

The Bucks (5-16) won for the third straight time in Chicago while the Bulls (8-11) played without injured starters Joakim Noah, Luol Deng, Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose.

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Suns 114, Lakers 108

Kobe Bryant scored 20 points and shed some of the rust that plagued him in on his return from injury, but that still wasn't enough as the Los Angeles Lakers fell to the Phoenix Suns.

Goran Dragic tied a season-high with 31 points, lifting the Suns (12-9) to their third straight victory.

Bryant managed just nine points on 2 of 9 shooting on Sunday in his return from an Achilles injury, but he managed to make 6 of 11 shots for the Lakers (10-11) on Tuesday.