INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Pacers proved one thing Friday night: Beating Miami last month was no fluke.
David West scored 30 points, Paul George added 15, and the Pacers never trailed after the first quarter as they pulled away from the defending NBA champs 102-89 in a game that was even more lopsided than the score.
We want to be dominant at home, and we’re getting there, Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. David West was spectacular. He has a way of giving us contagious confidence. He has that look that carries over to everyone else where we’re not going to lose tonight.
The rest of the Pacers (28-19) had that look, too.
They joined the New York Knicks as the only teams to beat Miami twice this season and have won three straight regular-season games over the Heat. Miami won the last three games in last spring’s Eastern Conference semifinals on their way to winning the NBA crown.
The Pacers still haven’t played with former All-Star Danny Granger this season, though Vogel hopes to have him back on the court before the All-Star break.
LeBron James led the Heat with his customary 28 points and had six rebounds.
NETS 93, BULLS 89: In New York, Brook Lopez scored 20 points through three quarters, then Brooklyn turned to its bench to beat short-handed Chicago.
Luol Deng scored 18 points and Taj Gibson had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Bulls, who played without starters Joakim Noah (foot), Carlos Boozer (hamstring) and Kirk Hinrich (elbow) while losing for just the third time in 11 games.
CELTICS 97, MAGIC 84: In Boston, Paul Pierce (14 points, 11 rebounds) and Kevin Garnett (14 points and 10 rebounds) each had a double-double, and Boston responded to yet another blow to its lineup by dealing Orlando its eighth straight loss.
Celtics learned Friday that promising rookie Jared Sullinger will miss the rest of the season after back surgery.
PISTONS 117, CAVALIERS 99: In Auburn Hills, Mich., Brandon Knight had 20 points and 10 assists, and Detroit never trailed.
76ERS 89, KINGS 80: In Philadelphia, Thaddeus Young had 23 points and 15 rebounds to lead Philadelphia.
RAPTORS 98, CLIPPERS 73: In Toronto, Rudy Gay wowed a sellout crowd by scoring 20 points in his Toronto debut after being acquired in a trade from Memphis.
KNICKS 96, BUCKS 86: In New York, Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points as New York extended its winning streak to four games
GRIZZLIES 85, WIZARDS 76: In Memphis, Tenn, former Detroit Piston Tayshaun Prince scored 14 in his Memphis debut after coming over in a three-team trade with Toronto.
MAVERICKS 109, SUNS 99: In Phoenix, O.J. Mayo scored 20 points to lead six Dallas players in double figures, despite the absence of Dirk Nowitzki.
NUGGETS 113, HORNETS 98: In Denver, Ty Lawson had 21 points and 13 assists, Andre Iguodala scored 24 and Denver won for the sixth time in a row.
JAZZ 86, TRAIL BLAZERS 77: In Salt Lake City, Al Jefferson had 21 points, including two one-handed shots in the lane to clinch the victory for Utah.