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A close game for much of the night, Indiana closed strong against Phoenix, leading to a 15-point win. Paul George led the Pacers with 25 points. Myles Turner scored 20 and Jeff Teague had 19.

The Indiana Pacers got by the Phoenix Suns in large part due to a 9-0 run halfway through the fourth quarter that finally gave the Pacers the separation they needed to seal the victory. Despite the 109-94 final, the first 41 minutes was a back-and-forth affair where neither team was able to build or maintain any leads.

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The Knicks turned up the intensity in the second half to bury the Heat.

Google “NBA standings” and a box appears listing the top five teams in the Eastern Conference. There’s a drop-down arrow you have to click to see the rest of the standings. For as long as I remember, I’ve had to click that damn arrow to see where the Knicks is at. Google the standings. Right now. See that? Look who’s top five after defeating the perennially despised Miami Heat 114-103, New York’s fourth win in a row and ninth victory from 12.

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Indiana erased an early deficit to sweep the season series against the Clippers thanks to big play from Rodney Stuckey and Paul George. Thaddeus Young led the Pacers with 17.

The Indiana Pacers fell behind early, stormed back, went up big, and held on late to secure a season sweeping victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on the road. The Clippers blitzed the Pacers to start, going up 9-0 and led 27-12 late in the first quarter. The game had all the makings of a typical road showing by Indiana, but the play of the second unit, particularly that of Rodney Stuckey, allowed the Pacers to chip away in the second quarter.

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The Spurs avoided the trap game and improved to 13-0 on the road.

Unsurprisingly, the Spurs were a bit sluggish out of the gates after last night’s thriller in Milwaukee. By the 7:24 mark, they were just were just 1 of 10 from the field and down 12-3, resulting in a line change by Pop. The bench picked up the slack, led by 8 points from Patty Mills, who was likely seeking redemption after last night’s goose egg from the field. They briefly took a one-point lead before the Wolves hit their last two buckets to take a 22-19 lead at the end of the first quarter.

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Inconsistent defense and spotty contributions down New Orleans in Oklahoma City despite another strong performance by Anthony Davis.

The Pelicans went into Oklahoma City looking to steal a win on the road, where they have been terrible (2-7) this season. Well, let's make that record one game worse in the loss column as New Orleans fell to the Thunder, 101-92.

As in most of the other losses, defensives lapses dogged the Pels tonight. Time after time the team would try to mount a comeback only to be thwarted by a blown defensive assignment or failure to secure the defensive rebound.

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A crazy final minute highlighted Houston’s third straight win.

In a frantic final minute of action that featured a flagrant one on James Harden, a sprained ankle for Eric Gordon, a tackle of Montrezl Harrell and ultimately a ball-don’t-lie miss at the buzzer by Al Horford, the Rockets managed to hang on and defeat the Celtics 107-106 at the Toyota Center to move to 14-7 on the season.

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Domination inside and clutch finish extends Bulls dominance over (regular season) LeBron teams

The Bulls have made a lot of changes over the past two seasons, but one thing that appears constant is a supernatural ability to play LeBron James well at home on National TV.

Yes, it was another King-vexing performance by the Bulls, as they held off the Cavs 111-115. This was the Cavaliers second game in as many nights, finishing a stretch of 6 game in 10 days. But they also had lost two straight coming into tonight and so you’d figure they’d play desperately...eh, maybe LeBron just wants the learning experiences for this repeat try. More people looking for his subtweets, that’s just good branding.

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Fake blowouts >>>> fake comebacks.

New York won for the eighth time in 11 games and eighth out of nine at home, defeating Sacramento 106-98. The Knicks are two games over .500 for the first time since you were a dream and a speck in somebody’s eye. They opened doing that thing where they put the opponent in the penalty three or four minutes into a quarter, and all the Knicks save one were bricking.

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Strong individual efforts from Blake Griffin and Chris Paul helped the Clippers to their second win in as many nights down in New Orleans.

The Clippers were able to complete their longest road trip of the season in style by trouncing the New Orleans Pelicans Friday night by a score of 114-96. Blake Griffin shrugged off a slow start to finish with 27 points, 10 rebounds and four assists on 12/22 shooting from the floor.

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