Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - Paul George amassed 24 points and 10 rebounds as the Indiana Pacers overcame a slow start to cruise to a 99-82 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Lance Stephenson scored 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting to help the Pacers bounce back from Wednesday's 95-82 loss at Toronto and improve to 16-1 at home this season. Danny Granger had his most productive game since returning from a calf injury in the triumph, dropping in 13 points in nearly 21 minutes off the bench. Playing without leading scorer Ryan Anderson, New Orleans managed just 33 points over the final two quarters and saw an early 14-point lead evaporate. Eric Gordon finished with 21 points in the loss, with Alexis Ajinca adding 17 points and Tyreke Evans 12 for the Pelicans. Anderson was not with the team after spending the night in a Boston hospital after suffering a cervical stinger during Friday's win over the Celtics.
Final Score: Miami 110, Orlando 94
Orlando, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - On a night where LeBron James struggled from the floor, Miami's supporting cast stepped up in a big way and the Heat overcame a sluggish start to beat the Orlando Magic, 110-94, from Amway Center. Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade scored 20 points apiece for Miami, which has taken the first three of four meetings with the Magic this season. Bosh shot 9-of-9 from the field as the Heat won their 22nd straight game against the Southeast Division. Rashard Lewis made his second start of the season for an injured Shane Battier and donated 18 points. James had a season-low 15 points on 5-of-13 shooting, but chipped in eight rebounds and eight assists. Jameer Nelson led five Magic players in double figures with 21 points on 5- of-8 from the arc. Tobias Harris went for 17 points and 10 rebounds, Arron Afflalo and Victor Oladipo each scored 16 points and Glen Davis had 14 with nine boards. The season series concludes in Miami on March 1.
Final Score: Brooklyn 89, Cleveland 82
Brooklyn, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Deron Williams scored 21 points and the Brooklyn Nets overcame a a two-point effort from Joe Johnson to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 89-82 at Barclays Center. Paul Pierce added 17 points and passed Allen Iverson for 19th place on the NBA's all-time scoring list. Andray Blatche totaled 12 points and Reggie Evans, starting in place of a resting Kevin Garnett, pulled down 11 rebounds to go with eight points. Johnson, who hit the game-winning jumper in a 95-93 decision at Oklahoma City on Thursday, shot just 1-of-7 from the field and missed all five of his attempts from beyond the arc. Despite Johnson's struggles, the Nets posted their second straight win after going 1-6 to end December. Dion Waiters had 26 points in a reserve role for the Cavaliers, who lost for the seventh time in eight games.
Final Score: Chicago 91, Atlanta 84
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Dunleavy scored 20 points off the bench to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 91-84 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday at United Center. Luol Deng tallied 17 points with 11 rebounds while Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson went for 10 points and 12 rebounds apiece for Chicago, which has won three of four. Jimmy Butler added 11 points with five steals. Paul Millsap and Jeff Teague led the Hawks with 16 points each but shot just 12-of-34 combined. Mike Scott had 12 off the bench and Kyle Korver made a pair of 3-pointers to extend his record streak of consecutive games with a triple to 103. Atlanta fell to 2-3 without All-Star center Al Horford, who is out for the season with a torn right pectoral.
Final Score: Oklahoma City 115, Minnesota 111
Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Durant highlighted his 48-point night by hitting the go-ahead jumper with 4.0 seconds left that lifted the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 115-111 come-from-behind victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. With the game tied at 111-111, Durant dribbled off a screen and knocked through an 18-footer with the Timberwolves' Dante Cunningham in his face, with the basket enabling the Thunder to overcome a 13-point deficit with under 11 minutes left. Minnesota had a chance for the win when Kevin Love was fouled by Kendrick Perkins on a 3-point attempt with 2.2 seconds remaining, but missed the first two foul shots before an intentional miss failed to hit the rim. Durant poured in a remarkable 23 points in the final period to nearly single-handedly lead Oklahoma City back in its eighth consecutive triumph on the road. The Thunder entered Saturday's matchup off back-to-back home defeats to Portland and Brooklyn. Love finished with 30 points and 14 rebounds, while Nikola Pekovic amassed 31 points and 11 boards for Minnesota. Kevin Martin and Corey Brewer had 17 and 15 points, respectively, in the loss.
Final Score: San Antonio 116, LA Clippers 92
San Antonio, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Tiago Splitter scored 22 points and the Spurs rode a dominant first quarter on the way to a 116-92 rout of the Los Angeles Clippers. Tim Duncan tallied 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Spurs, who have won four of their last five games. They bounced back from a 105-101 loss at home against the Knicks on Thursday. Tony Parker contributed 17 points and nine assists, and Manu Ginobili finished with 15 points off the bench. Jamal Crawford had 24 points and seven assists for the Clippers, who began a long stretch without superstar point guard Chris Paul. He is expected to miss approximately 3-5 weeks with a right shoulder sprain he suffered in the Clippers' 119-112 victory at Dallas Friday. Blake Griffin scored 19 to go with seven rebounds for Los Angeles. Darren Collison scored 14, but the Clippers lost for the 28th time in the last 31 road games at San Antonio.
Final Score: Phoenix 116, Milwaukee 100
Phoenix, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Gerald Green scored 24 points and Channing Frye added 22 as the Phoenix Suns cruised to a 116-100 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday. Green and Frye combined to shoot 10-for-16 from 3-point range. Goran Dragic added 15 points and six assists and Markieff Morris donated 14 points for the Suns, winners in three of their last four games. Suns guard Eric Bledsoe missed his second straight game with a sprained right knee. He is expected to miss up to a week with the injury. Brandon Knight scored 25 points and dished out eight assists and O.J. Mayo scored 20 points off the bench for the Bucks, losers in five of their last six. Milwaukee allowed 38 points off a season-high 26 turnovers in the setback.
Final Score: Philadelphia 101, Portland 99
Portland, OR (SportsNetwork.com) - Thaddeus Young poured in a game-high 30 points as the Philadelphia 76ers held on for a 101-99 win over the Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center. After Blazers guard Damian Lillard cut the deficit to two points, Sixers forward Lavoy Allen threw the inbounds pass right to Portland center Robin Lopez. The Blazers called a timeout and threw it into Lillard, who couldn't get his layup to go. Evan Turner recovered the rebound and threw the ball straight in the air as time expired to seal the win. Turner finished with 23 points and Michael Carter-Williams scored 16 to go with nine rebounds. Carter-Williams appeared to take an elbow from Young to the head on the final play of the game and remained on the court for several moments after the final horn, but walked off under his own power. Philadelphia has won a season-high four straight. LaMarcus Aldridge had 29 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks and Lillard poured in 17 for the Blazers, who have dropped three of their last five games.
Final Score: Charlotte 113, Sacramento 103
Sacramento, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Kemba Walker poured in 30 points to guide the Charlotte Bobcats to a 113-103 win over the Sacramento Kings. Al Jefferson contributed 27 points and nine rebounds. Gerald Henderson added 16 points for the Bobcats, who snapped a five-game skid. Charlotte swept the season series and beat the Kings for the eighth time in the last 11 meetings. DeMarcus Cousins had 26 points and 11 boards to pace the Kings, who have dropped seven of their last 10 contests. The Bobcats, who were blown out by a combined 57 points in road defeats to Portland and the Clippers the last two contests, went ahead for good by scoring 17 consecutive points in the second quarter.