Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - The NBA's best predictably beat the league's worst on Thursday, but it was a lot closer than anticipated. Roy Hibbert totaled 24 points and 12 rebounds and the Indiana Pacers eked by the Milwaukee Bucks 101-96 on Thursday. Paul George and Lance Stephenson netted 18 points apiece for Indiana, which has won three in a row -- two against the hapless Bucks -- following a stretch of three losses in a five- game span. Brandon Knight and Khris Middleton had 23 and 22 points, respectively, for Milwaukee, which posted just its 11th win of the season on Monday against Philadelphia.
Final Score: Washington 134, Toronto 129 (3-OT)
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - John Wall and Marcin Gortat each poured in 31 points and the Washington Wizards went into Air Canada Centre and edged the Toronto Raptors in three overtimes, 134-129, on Thursday. Wall also handed out nine assists and Gortat had 12 rebounds on top of his career-best scoring output. Trevor Ariza added 16 points and 10 boards to help Washington win its fifth straight game and inch closer to Toronto for the third spot in the Eastern Conference. The Wizards, who scored 80 of their 134 points in the paint, now sit two games behind the Atlantic Division leading Raptors. DeMar DeRozan netted a game-high 34 points in more than 57 minutes while Kyle Lowry, who injured his ankle late in regulation but stayed in and played 54 himself, flirted with a triple-double in the setback. Lowry finished with 18 points, 10 assists and nine boards. Five players fouled out in this one.
Final Score: Miami 108, New York 82
Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - A broken nose, a protective mask and the New York Knicks couldn't stop LeBron James on Thursday. Dwyane Wade was pretty good, too. James and Wade combined for 54 points on an incredibly efficient shooting display as the Miami Heat pounded the reeling New York Knicks 108-82 at American Airlines Arena. James, one week after suffering a broken nose in a win over the Thunder, shot 13-of-19 from the floor and finished with 31 points. The four-time league MVP missed Monday's victory over the Bulls because of the injury and wore a protective black mask over the top half of his face in Thursday's rout. Wade added 23 points on 10-of-13 shooting for the Heat, who shot 60.3 percent overall and pulled away for their sixth consecutive win with a dominant third quarter. The free-falling Knicks have dropped four straight and seven of their last eight despite a 29-point effort from Carmelo Anthony and a 19-point, 16- rebound showing from Tyson Chandler.
Final Score: Brooklyn 112, Denver 89
Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Paul Pierce netted 18 points and the Brooklyn Nets got back on track with a 112-89 drubbing of the Denver Nuggets on Thursday from Pepsi Center.Brooklyn led wire-to-wire in this one after losing by 44 points to Portland on Wednesday. Joe Johnson, Mason Plumlee and Marcus Thornton all scored 10 points, with Shaun Livingston handing out a game-high eight assists. All 13 players that took the court for the Nets notched at least three points, including recent signee Jason Collins, who made his only field goal. Randy Foye notched 15 points while Kenneth Faried and J.J. Hickson each tallied 14 as Denver's forgettable month comes to an end. The Nuggets have lost three straight, eight of nine and finished February with a 3-8 mark.