Indiana Pacers widen NBA lead as Heat lose to Nets


Sun, Jan 12, 2014 - Page 19

Indiana widened their lead atop the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Eastern Conference with a powerful defensive performance to rout Washington 93-66 on Friday, while nearest rival Miami suffered another Big Apple defeat, being beaten by Brooklyn in double overtime.

Among the day’s other games, Kyle Korver’s late free-throws steered Atlanta past Houston 83-80, the Clippers recorded their biggest-ever win over the Lakers in the clash of Los Angeles rivals, and Stephen Curry’s late basket lifted Golden State over Boston.

Indiana’s David West scored 20 points and C.J. Watson had 16 for the league-leading Pacers, who used an 11-3 run in the third quarter to draw clear of Washington.

Brooklyn’s Joe Johnson scored 32 points as the rejuvenated Nets beat Miami 104-95 for their fifth straight win.

The Clippers’ Blake Griffin had 33 points and 12 rebounds to power his team to a 123-87 rout of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Golden State’s Stephen Curry hit a go-ahead jumper with 2.1 seconds left to lift the Warriors past Boston 99-97.

Memphis’ Mike Conley matched his career-high with 31 points as the Grizzlies used a fourth-quarter burst to overwhelm Phoenix 104-99.

Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki scored 24 points to lead the Mavericks to a 107-90 victory over New Orleans.

Minnesota’s Nikola Pekovic scored 26 points in 27 minutes to push the Timberwolves past Charlotte 119-92.

Detroit’s Josh Smith had 22 points in an outstanding all-around game, helping the Pistons end a six-game skid with a 114-104 victory over Philadelphia.

Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving had 25 points and eight assists to lead the Cavaliers to a 113-102 win over Utah.

Chicago’s Carlos Boozer had 19 points and 13 rebounds as the Bulls won 81-72 at Milwaukee.

Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins had 24 points and 14 rebounds as the Kings beat the undersized Orlando 103-83.