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The Journal Gazette

Monday, February 12, 2018 1:00 am

NBA

Oladipo scores 30 as Pacers top Knicks

Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS – Victor Oladipo took a businesslike approach against the struggling Knicks.

The All-Star guard had 30 points, nine assists and eight rebounds, and the Indiana Pacers beat New York 121-113 on Sunday.

“We did a good job of settling down on both ends of the floor, getting stops and just trying to dictate our pace,” Oladipo said.

“We just have to build on it,” he added. “(New York) played hard. They weren't just going to let us stomp all over them and we had to come in ready to play on both ends of the floor.”

Bojan Bogdanovic made four 3-pointers and finished with 20 points and Thaddeus Young added 18 points, 11 rebounds and five assists for the Pacers, who have won six of eight.

Enes Kanter and Tim Hardaway Jr. each scored 17 points, and Michael Beasley had 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Knicks, whose losing streak reached six games. New York is 0-2 since All-Star Kristaps Porzingis was lost for the season with a torn left ACL on Tuesday.

The Pacers went on a 14-2 run in the second quarter and took a 53-45 lead on an alley-oop layup by Young with 5:45 remaining in the opening half.

Lance Stephenson's 3-pointer with 3:44 to play in the second quarter put Indiana ahead 58-55, and the Pacers never trailed the rest of the way.

They led 68-62 at halftime and put together a 13-2 run in the third quarter to pull away.

 

CAVALIERS 121, CELTICS 99: In Boston, LeBron James quieted a Celtics crowd that came to celebrate Paul Pierce by scoring 24 points with 10 assists and eight rebounds to give new-look Cleveland the victory.

James shook off a first-quarter leg injury to score 13 in the second quarter – eight of them during a 13-2 run that turned a one-point deficit into a double-digit lead. The Celtics made it 64-55 on the first basket of the third quarter but never got within 10 again.

As the Cavaliers opened a 27-point lead midway through the fourth, the crowd began chanting “We want Paul Pierce!” But he remained in his baseline seat, awaiting the postgame ceremony that would raise his No. 34 to the TD Garden rafters – the 23rd person in the history of the NBA's most-decorated franchise to be so honored. 

HAWKS 118, PISTONS 115: In Atlanta, Dewayne Dedmon gave Atlanta the lead with a three-point play and then padded the margin with a 3-pointer.

Dedmon matched his career high with 20 points and had 13 rebounds in his matchup with Andre Drummond, who had 25 points and 15 rebounds for Detroit.

Dennis Schroder had 23 points, including six free throws in the final 20 seconds, for Atlanta.