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NBA: Indiana extend Rockets’ losing streak to six games

AP, INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana and Staff writer, with CNA

Paul George scored 31 points and David West had 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead Indiana past Houston 105-95 on Friday.

The Central Division-leading Pacers (25-16) have won 11 straight home games, while Houston (21-20) have lost six in a row overall and five consecutive road games.

Indiana led most of the game, often holding a double-digit lead.

The Rockets were led by Omer Asik with 22 points. James Harden added 17, but ended a career-best streak of 22 straight games with 20 or more points.

Jeremy Lin had 10 points for Houston on 4-for-7 shooting, including two three-pointers. He also contributed five rebounds and three assists.

The Rockets’ loss dropped them to 21-20 for the season, ninth best in the Western Conference, and Lin said the team’s recent habit of falling behind, as happened against the Pacers, was proving costly.

“When you’re down that much, everything has to go your way and you can’t really make too many mistakes,” Lin was quoted as saying by the Houston Chronicle. “When we’re not doing a good job getting the stops and rebounds, it’s really hard to create that tempo. For us, I think we need to get back to the basics. That’s defense and rebounding. That fuels everything we do. When we don’t have that, we really don’t win any games.”

Meanwhile, Marco Belinelli made a game-winning jumper with 3.1 seconds left, Jimmy Butler scored six points in overtime and the Chicago Bulls extended their Friday night road show by beating the Boston Celtics 100-99.

Carlos Boozer had 19 points and 20 rebounds, and Joakim Noah added 14 points and 13 boards as the Bulls won their 14th straight road game on a Friday.

Rajon Rondo scored a season-high 30 points for the Celtics before fouling out with 1 minute, 16 seconds to play in overtime.

Kevin Garnett had 16 points and Paul Pierce passed former Celtics star Robert Parish for 22nd on the NBA’s career scoring list by chipping in 13 points. Pierce has 23,342 points and Parish 23,334.

Jason Terry’s jumper pushed Boston ahead 99-98 in OT before Belinelli’s game-winner just to the left of the foul line.

In other games it was:

‧ Nets 94, Hawks 89

‧ Grizzlies 85, Kings 69

‧ 76ers 108, Raptors 101, OT

‧ Bobcats 106, Magic 100

‧ Spurs 95, Warriors 88

‧ Thunder 117, Mavericks 114, OT

‧ Wizards 112, Nuggets 108

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