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NBA ROUNDUP: Pacers lose first home game

by The Associated Press on December 17, 2013 10:00 AM

Josh Smith had 30 points, Greg Monroe finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons handed Indiana its first home loss Monday night, stunning the Pacers 101-96.

Lance Stephenson had a season high 23 points, while Luis Scola scored 13 of his season-best 18 in the fourth quarter for Indiana (20-4), which was 11-0 at home coming into the game. Oklahoma City remains the only NBA team unbeaten at home with a 12-0 record.

Indiana tied the score four times and got as close as 96-94 late in the fourth.


CLIPPERS 115, SPURS 92: Blake Griffin scored 27 points and Los Angeles cruised past San Antonio 48 hours after completing a seven-game road trip. Chris Paul added 23 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, and Jamal Crawford had 17 points in his second straight start for the Clippers, who repelled several threats in the third quarter to maintain their lead.

Tim Duncan had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Spurs. Tony Parker limped off the court with a right shin contusion with 5:09 left in the third.


NETS 130, 76ERS 94: Joe Johnson made 10 3-pointers, most in the NBA this season, and scored a season-high 37 points to lead Brooklyn over Philadelphia.

Johnson finished 10-for-14 from behind the arc, including 8 of 10 during an incredible third-quarter shooting performance. He passed the nine 3-pointers made this season by Jeremy Lin and Stephen Curry.

Johnson scored 29 points in the third.

James Anderson scored 17 points for the 76ers, who lost their seventh straight overall.


HAWKS 114, LAKERS 100: Kyle Korver sank three 3-pointers in Atlanta’s dominant third quarter and Al Horford scored 19 points to lead the Hawks past cold-shooting Kobe Bryant and Los Angeles.

Paul Millsap had 18 points and Jeff Teague had 17 with 10 assists for the Hawks.

Bryant made only 4 of 14 shots for eight points.

Nick Young led the Lakers with 23 points while making five 3-pointers.


WIZARDS 102, KNICKS 101: Bradley Beal’s driving layup with 6 seconds remaining carried Washington past New York.

The Knicks didn’t use one of their three remaining timeouts after Beal’s basket. Carmelo Anthony took the inbounds pass, dribbled the up court and attempted a 3-pointer that bounced off the rim as time expired.

Beal led the Wizards with 21 points. Martell Webster added 30 points and John Wall 20 points for the Wizards.

Anthony finished with 32 for the Knicks.


HEAT 117, JAZZ 94: LeBron James finished with 30 points, nine rebounds and nine assists despite sitting some of the second half after twisting his left ankle, Dwyane Wade added 27 points and Miami rolled past Utah.

It was Miami’s 17th straight victory over a Western Conference opponent, the second-longest regular-season streak by an Eastern Conference team in NBA history. Boston won 20 straight over the West during a nine-month span of 1973.

Alec Burks scored 31 points for Utah, which got 17 from Derrick Favors.


CELTICS 101, TIMBERWOLVES 97: Jared Sullinger had 24 points and 11 rebounds, including a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 2:22 left that helped Boston hold off Minnesota.

Sullinger had 15 points and six rebounds in the fourth quarter, and Avery Bradley had 19 points for the game. The Celtics won for the fifth time in seven games to hold onto first place in the Atlantic Division despite a 12-14 record.

Kevin Love had 27 points and 14 rebounds for Minnesota, which has not won in Boston since 2005.


MAGIC 83, BULLS 82: Arron Afflalo scored 23 points and Orlando got double-doubles from Glen Davis and Nikola Vucevic against slumping Chicago. Davis had 14 points and 11 rebounds despite playing with a sore left shoulder, powering the Magic to a 54-45 edge on the glass in their second win in 10 games. Vucevic finished with 10 points and 11 boards.

Trailing 81-79, the Bulls had a chance to win despite shooting 34.6 percent from the field during another terrible offensive performance, but Luol Deng missed an easy layup with 6.8 seconds left.

Davis grabbed the rebound and made two foul shots to give the Magic a four-point lead that proved crucial when Mike Dunleavy made a 3-pointer from half court as time expired.

Deng had 26 points and eight rebounds for Chicago, which has dropped five of six.

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