INDIANAPOLIS – David West scored 31 points and George Hill added 20, leading the Indiana Pacers past the Chicago Bulls 97-92 in a Central Division showdown Sunday night.
Indiana (38-22) has won seven of its last eight games, going 6-1 since the All-Star break, and holds a four-game lead over second-place Chicago.
The Bulls were led by Marco Belinelli and Jimmy Butler, who each had 20 points for a team that was missing four key players with injuries. Chicago fell behind late in the first quarter and spent most of the rest of the game trying to play catch-up.
The Bulls finally tied the score at 72 on Luol Deng’s 8-footer early in the fourth and again at 80 when Butler made two free throws with 7:04 left, but the Pacers converted back-to-back turnovers into four points. Chicago had a chance to tie in the closing seconds but turned the ball over after missing a three-pointer that would have evened the score at 95.
Indiana has won five of its last seven against the Bulls and three straight in the series for the first time since winning four in a row in 2004.
The Pacers now own the division tiebreaker after going 3-0 against Chicago this season. The final regular-season meeting is March 23 in Chicago.
WIZARDS 90, 76ERS 87: In Washington, John Wall scored the game’s final six points after teammate Bradley Beal left the court with an apparent injury as Washington snapped a two-game losing streak and avoided its longest skid in the last month.
Dorell Wright scored 15 points to lead the 76ers, who have lost eight of their last nine.
KINGS 119, BOBCATS 83: In Sacramento, Calif., John Salmons scored 22 points and Jason Thompson had 18 points and 14 rebounds to lead Sacramento over slumping Charlotte.
Byron Mullens and Gerald Henderson each scored 12 points for the Bobcats.
THUNDER 108, CLIPPERS 104: In Los Angeles, Kevin Durant scored 35 points, Russell Westbrook had 29 points and 10 assists, and Oklahoma City held off a late rally by Los Angeles to win a matchup of two of the West’s best teams.
Serge Ibaka added 16 points as the Thunder ended a three-game road skid and completed a season sweep of Los Angeles, which is chasing Oklahoma City and conference-leading San Antonio out West.
HEAT 99, KNICKS 93: In New York, LeBron James had 29 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, and Miami tied a franchise record with its14th straight victory.
Dwyane Wade added 20 points for the Heat, who had to overcome a 16-point deficit to beat the Knicks for the first time in three tries this season.
Carmelo Anthony scored 32 points for the Knicks, who had their three-game winning streak snapped.
GRIZZLIES 108, MAGIC 82: In Orlando, Fla., Tayshaun Prince had 14 points and Marc Gasol added 12 points and 11 rebounds as Memphis cruised to a win.
Arron Afflalo and E’Twaun Moore each added 12 points to lead a Magic team that has lost 17 of 19 on its home floor.
ROCKETS 136, MAVERICKS 103: In Houston, Chandler Parsons scored a career-high 32 points on 12-for-13 shooting and the Houston snapped a nine-game losing streak to Dallas.
O.J. Mayo scored 18 points and Shawn Marion had 14 to lead the Mavericks, who dropped six games behind Houston for the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference.
SPURS 114, PISTONS 75: In San Antonio, Manu Ginobili scored 17 points, Tim Duncan had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and San Antonio rolled despite playing without All-Star point guard Tony Parker.
Danny Green added 16 points and Kawhi Leonard had 14 for the Spurs (47-14), who rolled to their most lopsided victory of the season in their first game since Parker was injured. Greg Monroe scored 16 points and Jose Calderon 14 for Detroit, which has lost five of six.