PACERS 101, 76ERS 94
PHILADELPHIA • Paul George scored 25 points and David West had 18 to help the Indiana Pacers beat Philadelphia 101-94 on Friday night, sending the 76ers to their 19th straight loss.
With a loss to Memphis on Saturday, the Sixers can tie the franchise record for consecutive defeats in a single season. The Sixers lost 20 straight games from Jan. 9, 1973-Feb. 11, 1973 in a 9-73 season. The NBA record for consecutive losses in a season is 26 set by the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Sixers last won on Jan. 29 on Evan Turner’s buzzer-beater at Boston. Turner was traded to the Pacers at the Feb. 20 deadline and is now a key reserve on a team expected to make a deep run in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Thaddeus Young led the Sixers with 25 points on 10-of-31 shooting and had 10 assists.
NUGGETS 111, HEAT 107
MIAMI • Kenneth Faried scored 24 points, Darrell Arthur led a big effort from Denver’s bench with 18, and the Nuggets beat the suddenly reeling Miami Heat, handing the NBA champions their fifth loss in six games.
Evan Fournier scored 14, Ty Lawson had 13 and JJ Hickson added 11 for the Nuggets. Denver’s reserves scored 57 points.
Ray Allen scored 22 points for Miami, which fell three games behind Indiana in the race for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. LeBron James scored 21 points, Dwyane Wade added 19, Mario Chalmers had 16 and Chris Andersen scored 14 for the Heat, who turned the ball over 20 times and shot 7 for 24 from 3-point range.
It was only the fifth win for Denver in its last 18 games.
SPURS 119, LAKERS 85
SAN ANTONIO • Danny Green had 15 points and the San Antonio Spurs won their ninth straight, defeating the Los Angeles Lakers 119-85 for their largest victory over their longtime rivals.
San Antonio never trailed after the opening four minutes, allowing coach Gregg Popovich to limit his starters and Manu Ginobili to an average of 17 minutes.
The Spurs had five reserves score in double-figures, led by Matt Bonner’s 13 points and 10 rebounds. San Antonio (49-16) maintained the league’s best record ahead of Indiana and Oklahoma City, who are both 48-17.
Pau Gasol had 18 points and 11 rebounds in 26 minutes and Jodie Meeks had 15 points for Los Angeles (22-44), which has lost five of six.
WIZARDS 105, MAGIC 101, OT
ORLANDO, Fla. • John Wall had 12 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, Trevor Ariza added 21 points and 11 rebounds overall, and the Washington Wizards hung on to beat the Orlando Magic in overtime.
The victory ends the Wizards’ two-game losing streak overall, and a seven-game road losing streak to the Magic.Next Page >
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