Basketball - Highlights of Saturday's early NBA games

Dec 28 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Saturday's early National Basketball Association games.

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Pacers 105, Nets 91

Indiana forward Paul George scored 24 points and played strong defense on Brooklyn guard Joe Johnson to lead the Pacers to victory over the Nets.

Red-hot guard Lance Stephenson had 23 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for the Pacers, who won their fourth in a row and improved their Eastern Conference-best record to 24-5.

Point guard George Hill scored 21 points and forward David West had 10 points, seven rebounds and six assists for Indiana. Brooklyn (10-20) fought hard but was held back by a porous defense that allowed Indiana to match a season best with 53.5 percent shooting from the field.

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Wizards 106, Pistons 82

Wizards point guard John Wall had 20 points and 11 assists and center Marcin Gortat scored 16 points as Washington turned a dominant first half into a rout over the Detroit Pistons.

Guard Bradley Beal started and scored 15 points for the Wizards (13-14) one night after having to be carried off the court with a knee injury in a 120-98 loss at the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Coming off its worst loss of the season, Washington produced its largest margin of victory. The Wizards never trailed and closed the first half on a 20-4 run for a 62-41 halftime lead.

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Raptors 115, Knicks 100

Guard Kyle Lowry had season bests with 32 points and eight rebounds and equaled his season high with 11 assists as the Toronto Raptors defeated the New York Knicks.

Guard-forward Terrence Ross added 23 points for the Raptors (13-15), who completed a sweep of their back-to-back games over the injury-depleted Knicks following a win in New York on Friday.

Guard DeMar DeRozan added 20 points for Toronto and guard Greivis Vasquez chipped in with 11 points. Forward Amar'e Stoudemire scored 23 points to lead the Knicks (9-21), who have lost three in a row.

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Mavericks 105, Bulls 83

Dallas guard Monta Ellis scored 22 points as the Mavericks built a big lead and held on for a victory over the Chicago Bulls at the United Center.

Forward Dirk Nowitzki and guard Vince Carter added 18 points each and forward Shawn Marion contributed 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Mavericks.

The Bulls fell to 1-8 against Western Conference opponents this season. The Mavericks are 8-3 against the East. Entering Saturday's action, the West held a commanding 96-44 advantage in out-of-conference games.

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Hawks 118, Bobcats 116 (OT)

Reserve guard Lou Williams scored 28 points and was 10-for-10 from the line in overtime to lift the Atlanta Hawks to a narrow victory over the Charlotte Bobcats.

Atlanta (17-13) got 33 points from forward Paul Millsap and 20 points from guard Jeff Teague to overcome a 14-point second-half deficit. The Hawks, who played three straight games in overtime, beat the Bobcats for the 10th consecutive time.

Charlotte (14-17) was led by forward Al Jefferson, who had 24 points and 23 rebounds, his fifth double-double in six games. Guard Gerald Henderson scored 22 and guard Kemba Walker scored 16, all in the second half.

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Grizzlies 120, Nuggets 99

Forward Zach Randolph scored 20 points and reserve forward Ed Davis added 17 for the Memphis Grizzlies as the Denver Nuggets fell to a sixth consecutive loss, the franchise's longest losing streak in nine seasons.

Denver, which won three of four against the Grizzlies last season, was playing Memphis for the first time this season.

Randolph averaged only 13 points in the four games against Denver last season, but was dominant early in the third quarter when the Grizzlies (13-16) pulled away.

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Rockets 107, Pelicans 98

Forward Chandler Parsons scored on a late putback of his own miss and the Houston Rockets closed with a hot shooting surge to beat the New Orleans Pelicans at the Toyota Center.

Rockets center Dwight Howard paced Houston (21-11) with 24 points and 18 rebounds. Parsons added 19 points and seven rebounds.

A sudden splurge from deep enabled the Rockets to seize the lead with 3:14 left and answer a Pelicans run that knocked Houston on its heels. New Orleans scored eight consecutive points after the Rockets pushed in front 86-82.

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