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Referee Eric Dalen, left, and Dallas Mavericks center Samuel Dalembert, center right, separate Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki, left center, and Indiana Pacers forward David West after they exchanged words after a hard hit in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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First Published Feb 13 2014 09:42 am • Last Updated Feb 25 2014 04:39 pm

MAVERICKS 81, PACERS 73

INDIANAPOLIS • Monta Ellis had 23 points and nine rebounds, and Dirk Nowitzki added 18 points as the Dallas Mavericks handed the Indiana Pacers their third home loss of the season, 81-73 on Wednesday night.

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The Mavericks (32-22), who have won six of seven, finished a three-game road trip heading into the NBA All-Star break. Dallas’ five-game winning streak was snapped at Charlotte on Tuesday.

George Hill had 14 points, and Lance Stephenson and Danny Granger both scored 13 for the Pacers (40-12), who have lost two of three.

The Mavericks scored the first six points of the fourth quarter and took a 66-62 lead when Ellis made a free throw with 6:55 remaining.

ROCKETS 113, WIZARDS 112

HOUSTON • James Harden scored 35 points and his layup with 0.7 seconds remaining lifted Houston over Washington.

The victory sends the Rockets into the All-Star break with a season-best seven-game winning streak.

John Wall gave Washington the lead with a pair of free throws with 4 seconds left. Trevor Ariza fouled out when he pushed Harden to the ground on the ensuing inbounds pass. It was ruled a foul away from the play, giving Houston one free throw and possession.


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Harden, who was 16 for 16 at the line, made the free throw before grabbing a pass from Chandler Parsons and driving into the lane for the winning shot.

The Wizards had a chance to win at the end, but Kevin Seraphin’s shot clanged off the rim.

Ariza had a season-high 32 points with a career-high 10 3-pointers.

SPURS 104, CELTICS 92

BOSTON • Tim Duncan scored 23 of his 25 points in the second half, powering injury-depleted San Antonio to a win over Boston.

Marco Belinelli added 16 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists for the Spurs, who played without guards Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili and forward Tiago Splitter — all sidelined with injuries.

Boris Diaw added 18 points and Duncan grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Spurs to their fifth win in seven games.

Rajon Rondo led Boston with 16 points and Kris Humphries and rookie Kelly Olynyk had 15 apiece. The Celtics fell to 4-18 against Western Conference teams.

Boston was minus guard Avery Bradley, who was sidelined with a sprained right ankle.

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