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Indiana’s Jeff Pendergrap dunks during the second half Monday against Detroit. The Pacers won 103-97.
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Pacers outlast Pistons as starters rest

– Indiana coach Frank Vogel couldn’t have asked for much more Monday night.

Three starters rested, no one got hurt, and the Pacers won.

Paul George scored 12 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter to help Indiana beat the Detroit Pistons 103-97.

“It was a great team win,” Vogel said. “A lot of guys contributed, we got guys rest, we got the second unit a ton of work. I think we got a lot accomplished tonight.”

George made 13 of 15 free throws and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Pacers. David West scored 20 points and Leandro Barbosa and Tyler Hansbrough added 13 points each for Indiana.

Vogel could afford to rest regular starters Danny Granger, Roy Hibbert and George Hill since Indiana is locked into the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

West, who has scored at least 20 points in four of his past five games, said he wanted to keep playing even though Vogel gave him the option to sit out.

“Frank talked about limiting me a little bit, cutting my minutes down, but just being out there in the flow is most important to me in terms of preparing for the postseason,” West said.

Indiana is 12-2 in April.

WIZARDS 101, BOBCATS 73: In Washington, John Wall had 16 points and 14 assists in helping hand Charlotte its 21st straight loss.

If Charlotte (7-57) loses its final two games, they will finish with the worst winning percentage in NBA history. They play at Orlando on Wednesday and end the regular season at home Thursday night against New York.

76ERS 105, NETS 87: In Newark, N.J., Philadelphia nailed down the final playoff berth in the East and spoiled the Nets’ final game in New Jersey.

BUCKS 92, RAPTORS 86: In Milwaukee, Brandon Jennings scored 25 points, but the Bucks were eliminated from playoff contention.

SPURS 124, TRAIL BLAZERS 89: In San Antonio, Tim Duncan scored 18 points as the Spurs clinched the top playoff spot in the West with their eighth win in a row.

GRIZZLIES 109, CAVALIERS 101: In Memphis, Tenn., Marreese Speights had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Marc Gasol also scored 17 points as Memphis won its fifth straight.

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