INDIANAPOLIS – Roy Hibbert had 20 points, 15 rebounds and five blocked shots to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 95-80 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night.
Hibbert grabbed a career-high 11 offensive rebounds as the Pacers (20-14) won their seventh straight home game. George Hill added 14 points after missing Indiana’s previous three games with a groin injury.
Roy Hibbert had an exceptional night on both ends of the court, Indiana coach Frank Vogel said.
The Bucks scored the first six points of the third to grab a 53-52 lead. The Pacers responded with an 8-0 run and cruised from there.
Indiana, which lost in Boston on Friday night, hasn’t lost consecutive games since falling to Denver on Dec. 7 and at Oklahoma City on Dec. 9.
Monta Ellis led the Bucks with 21 points.
Vogel praised Hill for his return to the court.
Toughness effort by George Hill, playing with some limitations with his groin, toughed it out, he said.
KNICKS 114, MAGIC 106: In Orlando, Fla., Carmelo Anthony scored 16 of his season-high 40 points in the fourth quarter to lead New York.
J.R. Smith added 18 points off the bench and Tyson Chandler had 14 points and 12 rebounds.
The Knicks have won two straight overall and four in a row over the Magic, dating back to last season.
Arron Afflalo and Jameer Nelson each had 29 points to lead the Magic, and Nik Vucevic contributed 11 points and 18 rebounds.
Orlando outrebounded New York 45-40, but had 14 turnovers as it extended its longest losing streak of the season to eight games. All of the losses have come since the injury of starting forward Glen Davis, who continues to rehab his sprained left shoulder.
CELTICS 89, HAWKS 81: In Atlanta, Rajon Rondo had 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists to lead Boston.
Paul Pierce scored 17 of his 26 points in the third quarter as the Celtics erased a 19-point deficit in the second half and went on to consecutive wins for the first time since late November against Oklahoma City and Orlando.
NETS 113, KINGS 93: In New York, Brook Lopez scored 18 points in 17 minutes to lead six players in double figures as Brooklyn won its third straight.
One night after needing two overtimes to escape with a 115-113 victory in Washington, the Nets made sure the starters weren’t too taxed. Deron Williams and Joe Johnson both scored 15 points, but neither had to play even 30 minutes.
Reserves MarShon Brooks and Andray Blatche each scored 15 points and Mirza Teletovic had a career-best 14 as the Nets scored a season-high 65 points in the first half and improved to 5-1 under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo.
ROCKETS 112, CAVALIERS 104: In Cleveland, James Harden scored 29 points, including 16 in the fourth quarter to lead Houston. Jeremy Lin added 20 points for the Rockets, who have won 11 of its last 14.