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Pacers forward Gerald Green drives to the basket in front of Detroit’s Kim English during the second half Friday in Indianapolis.
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Pacers continue their hot play

– The Indiana Pacers were playing well when they got a couple of the days off for the All-Star break. They may be playing even better now.

David West scored 18 points, George Hill had 15 and the surging Pacers beat the Detroit Pistons 114-82 on Friday night.

Indiana has won three straight and eight of 10, including a 98-79 victory against Detroit on Jan. 30.

“I’m very, very pleased with how our guys are approaching the post-All-Star break,” coach Frank Vogel said. “They have incredible focus and energy. Our offense is really coming on.”

The Pacers grabbed control with a 14-4 run at the start of the second quarter. Orlando Johnson had 11 points in the spurt, making back-to-back three-pointers to help Indiana to a 48-23 lead.

Will Bynum scored 17 points for the stumbling Pistons, who have split their last four games.

Indiana picked up right where it left off in Wednesday’s impressive 125-91 victory against the New York Knicks. The Pacers led 74-44 at halftime of that one, and Paul George finished with 27 points.

George was relatively quiet against Detroit, finishing with 12 points and seven rebounds. But the Pacers didn’t need another big night from the All-Star.

Indiana made 10 of its first 14 shots while building a 29-10 lead. Hill scored seven points during the opening stretch.

BULLS 105, BOBCATS 75: In Charlotte, N.C., Taj Gibson scored 17 points on 8-of-11 shooting to lead Chicago.

The Bulls jumped out to a 38-19 lead midway through the second quarter and never looked back.

THUNDER 127, TIMBERWOLVES 111: In Oklahoma City, Russell Westbrook scored 37 points, Kevin Durant added 27 and Oklahoma City snapped a three-game losing streak.

The Thunder avoided losing four in a row for the first time since April 2009, near the end of its first season in Oklahoma City.

ROCKETS 106, NETS 96: In New York, James Harden and Carlos Delfino each scored 22 points as Houston beat Brooklyn for the 13th straight time.

WIZARDS 119, NUGGETS 113: In Washington, Emeka Okafor had 17 points and 13 rebounds to lead seven Washington players in double figures.

HAWKS 122, KINGS 108: In Atlanta, Al Horford led a balanced scoring attack with 24 points. Jeff Teague had 20 points and 12 assists, Josh Smith added 18 points and DeShawn Stevenson had 17 for Atlanta, which put six players in double figures.

RAPTORS 100, KNICKS 98: In Toronto, Rudy Gay scored a season-high 32 points, and DeMar DeRozan had 18 as Toronto handed New York its season-worst fourth straight loss.

Kyle Lowry scored 15, Amir Johnson had 12 and John Lucas 10 as the Raptors won for the sixth time in seven games.

MAVERICKS 104, HORNETS 100: In New Orleans, Vince Carter capped a 22-point performance with a three-pointer that gave Dallas the lead with 6.5 seconds left, and the Mavericks held on for their third straight victory.

Dirk Nowitzki scored 25 points for the Mavericks.

GRIZZLIES 88, MAGIC 82: In Memphis, Tenn., Marc Gasol had 19 points and 13 rebounds, and Zach Randolph added 16 points and 14 boards as Memphis won its sixth in row.

Former Purdue star E’Twaun Moore scored 12 points and handed out seven assists as the Magic dropped its fourth straight.

CELTICS 113, SUNS 88: In Phoenix, Jeff Green scored 31 points in his first start of the season to lead Boston.

Chris Wilcox had 13 points off the bench, and Avery Bradley and Jason Terry scored 13 each for the Celtics, who snapped a two-game skid.

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