Pacers down the Bulls to share top spot


Wed, Feb 06, 2013 - Page 20

The Indiana Pacers claimed a share of the Central Division lead on Monday as David West scored 29 points and Paul George had 21 points, 11 rebounds and five assists in a 110-101 win over the Chicago Bulls.

The Pacers have won three straight games and 14 at home, matching their longest home winning streak since 2002-2003.

Marco Belinelli had a season-high 24 points and Nate Robinson had 19 to lead the Bulls.

Washington’s Martell Webster scored 21 points as the Wizards beat the Los Angeles Clippers 98-90.

The Clippers, playing without the injured Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, watched as the Wizards pulled away with a 7-0 run late in the fourth quarter, spurred by a pair of big offensive rebounds by Nene.

Jamal Crawford scored 28 points and DeAndre Jordan had a career-high 22 rebounds for the Clippers.

LeBron James scored 31 points and Chris Bosh added 23 in Miami to lead the Heat to a 99-84 win over the Bobcats for their 10th consecutive victory over Charlotte.

Dwyane Wade had 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Heat, who have won nine of their past 10 at home.

Ramon Sessions scored 18 points for Charlotte, who lost their fourth in a row.

In New York, Tyson Chandler equaled a franchise record with his third straight 20-rebound game and Carmelo Anthony scored 27 points as the Knicks cruised past the Detroit Pistons 99-85.

In a game that was decided early, Chandler played long enough to grab his 20th rebound midway through the fourth quarter. After grabbing 20 in victories on Friday and Saturday night, he became the first Knicks player to have 20 in three straight games since Willis Reed in December 1969.

Jose Calderon scored 15 points on his debut, while Greg Monroe had 13 points and 10 rebounds.

In Oklahoma City, Russell Westbrook scored 24 points, while Kevin Durant had 19 points and 10 rebounds as the Thunder downed the Dallas Mavericks 112-91.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 13 rebounds to help the Portland Trail Blazers edge the Minnesota Timberwolves 100-98. The Utah Jazz beat the Sacramento Kings 98-91 in overtime and the Philadelphia 76ers downed the Orlando Magic 78-61.