(The Sports Xchange) – Highlights of Friday’s National Basketball Association games.
Pacers 91, Raptors 84
Forward Paul George scored 18 of his 23 points in the second half, and the Indiana Pacers defeated the Toronto Raptors 91-84 to remain the NBA’s only unbeaten team.
George also had eight rebounds and six assists for the Pacers (6-0).
Pacers center Roy Hibbert had 20 points and seven rebounds and guard George Hill, who missed the previous three games with soreness in his left hip, finished with 14 points.
Forward Rudy Gay led the Raptors (2-4) with 30 points.
76ers 94, Cavaliers 79
Evan Turner had 22 points, 10 rebounds and five assists as the Philadelphia 76ers drubbed the Cleveland Cavaliers 94-79 in the homecoming of former 76ers center Andrew Bynum.
Backup guard Tony Wroten added 18 points for the 76ers (4-2), who rallied from a 14-point deficit after a quarter.
Guard Dion Waiters, a Philadelphia native, scored 18 points to lead the Cavaliers (2-4), who shot just 33.3 percent from the floor, compared to 47.6 percent for Philadelphia.
Knicks 101, Bobcats 91
Forward Carmelo Anthony scored 28 points and center Andrea Bargnani added 25 as the New York Knicks beat the Charlotte Bobcats 101-91.
The Knicks (2-3) snapped a three-game losing streak and in the process got revenge for a 102-97 loss to the Bobcats (3-3) in New York on Tuesday.
The New York victory came on the same day that Bobcats coach Steve Clifford underwent a procedure to have two stents placed into his heart.
Former Knicks great and Bobcats assistant Patrick Ewing assumed the role of acting coach in Clifford’s absence.
Wizards 112, Nets 108 (overtime)
Forward Trevor Ariza drained a clutch three-pointer with 40.3 seconds left in overtime as the Washington Wizards rallied for a wild 112-108 victory over the Brooklyn Nets.
Forward Nene’s tip-in basket with 1.2 seconds left in the fourth quarter forced overtime.
Washington improved to 2-3 while Brooklyn dropped to 2-3.
Bradley Beal scored 27 points to pace the Wizards, who had five players score in double figures.
Celtics 91, Magic 89
The Boston Celtics won their second consecutive game by using a smothering defense and a well-balanced attack to beat the Orlando Magic 91-89.
Forward Brandon Bass led the Celtics with 16 points, including a pair of free throws with 10.5 seconds remaining. Point guard Avery Bradley, who finished with 14 points, made one of two free throws with :03.5 remaining.
Guard Arron Affalo led the Magic with 23 points, including nine in the final 1:38 that almost spoiled the Celtics night.
Thunder 119, Pistons 110
Forward Kevin Durant poured in 37 points and added eight rebounds and seven assists as the Oklahoma City Thunder topped the Detroit Pistons for the ninth consecutive time, 119-110.
Guard Russell Westbrook had 20 points despite 5-of-19 shooting and rookie center Steven Adams supplied 17 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks for the Thunder (4-1).
Forward Josh Smith scored a season-high 25 points with eight rebounds for the Pistons (2-3).