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Indiana’s Paul George scored 12 points and led the Pacers with nine rebounds in Tuesday’s loss to Toronto in Indianapolis.
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Raptors in control vs. Pacers

– The Toronto Raptors had all of the excuses in the world. The Indiana Pacers, on the other hand, didn’t.

Jose Calderon scored with 4:05 left in the first quarter to give Toronto a 19-17 lead and the Raptors led the rest of the way, holding on to beat the Pacers 74-72 on Tuesday to snap a four-game skid.

DeMar DeRozan scored 15 points and Calderon had 13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists as Toronto had a franchise-low five points in the fourth quarter.

“We were tired,” Calderon said. “I think that’s why we started missing shots and making bad decisions. I think everybody started getting into a little bit of a rush because we were trying to win the game, but maybe the legs weren’t there anymore.”

The Raptors, on the back end of their third back-to-back of the season, lost to the Utah Jazz 140-133 on Monday and arrived in Indianapolis at 3 a.m. before playing the Pacers.

Toronto was also short-handed with injuries to Kyle Lowry (sprained right ankle), Landry Fields (right hand/wrist) and Alan Anderson (sprained left foot).

“We were exhausted,” DeRozan said. “But it’s about gutting it out. We had to rely on something, and it wasn’t our offense tonight. It was all mental and heart.”

DeRozan and Calderon each had 10 points in the first half for the Raptors, who led 69-58 heading into the fourth and hit only one field goal the rest of the way, also a franchise low.

George Hill scored 18 points, including eight in the fourth quarter, and Paul George had 12 points and nine rebounds to lead the Pacers, who have lost four of the last five.

Indiana went on a 9-0 run in the fourth and pulled to 74-72 with 1:02 left in the game. Neither team scored again.

BOBCATS 92, WIZARDS 76: In Charlotte, N.C., Ramon Sessions scored 21 points and Charlotte beat winless Washington to win back-to-back games for the first time since last December.

Rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist chipped in with 15 points and eight rebounds before leaving in the fourth quarter to ice down a sore back. Kemba Walker battled inconsistent shooting but finished with 17 points for the Bobcats (3-3).

It marked the first time the Bobcats have won two straight since taking the final game of the 2010-11 season and the first of last season.

Trevor Ariza scored 19 points for the Wizards.

KNICKS 99, MAGIC 89: In Orlando, Fla., Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points, and J.R. Smith and Raymond Felton each added 21 as New York held off Orlando.

The victory was the fifth straight for the Knicks, extending their NBA-best start. It’s also New York’s first 5-0 start since it started the 1993-94 season 7-0 and reached the NBA finals.

The Knicks remain the league’s only unbeaten team. J.J. Redick led Orlando with 18 points.

NETS 114, CAVALIERS 101: In New York, Deron Williams had 26 points and 10 assists, Joe Johnson scored 25 points, and Brooklyn beat road-weary Cleveland for its third straight victory.

Brook Lopez added 23 points for the Nets, who opened a 20-point lead at home for the third straight game, but this time barely let up and beat the Cavaliers for the sixth time in eight meetings after losing nine in a row, mostly during the LeBron James era.

Anderson Varejao scored a career-high 35 points and grabbed 18 rebounds for the Cavaliers.

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