INDIANAPOLIS – George Hill scored 19 points, D.J. Augustin added a season-high 18 and the Indiana Pacers beat the Charlotte Bobcats 96-88 Saturday night for their fourth straight win.
Lance Stephenson had 17 points and David West scored 14 points to help the Central Division-leading Pacers, playing without leading scorer Paul George (illness), get their sixth win in seven games. Recently signed Dominic McGuire started in place of George.
Ben Gordon scored a game-high 21 points to lead the Bobcats, and Kemba Walker had 16 on 5-for-9 shooting.
The Pacers shot 33 percent from the field in the first half, but had six three-pointers while trailing 45-43 at halftime. Six of the Pacers seven second-quarter field goals came from three-point range.
Bismack Biyomobo and Hakim Warrick led the way for the Bobcats early in the third as they pushed the lead to 56-51. Indiana, however, answered with a 13-2 run to go up 64-56, and the Pacers didnt trail again.
SUNS 97, BULLS 81: In Chicago, Luis Scola scored 22 points to help Phoenix snap a five-game losing streak.
Michael Beasley added 20 points for Phoenix, which had lost 12 straight on the road and got their first win away from home since beating Cleveland on Nov. 27.
WIZARDS 93, HAWKS 83: In Washington, John Wall gave his teammates a lift with 14 points and four assists in his first game of the season as Washington won its second straight, the Wizards first winning streak of the season.
Walls playing time will be limited as he returns from a knee injury, but he appeared to have his old speed and explosiveness back while playing seven minutes in the first half and 15 in the second half.
No. 3 overall pick Bradley Beal, getting to play with Wall for the first time, scored 16 points for the Wizards (6-28).
JAZZ 90, PISTONS 87: In Auburn Hills, Mich., Al Jefferson scored 10 of his 20 points in the third quarter, and Utah held on.
Detroits Brandon Knight missed a three-pointer in the final seconds that would have tied the game after the Pistons trailed by 13 points with 3:26 left.
MAGIC 104, CLIPPERS 101: In Los Angeles, J.J. Redick gave Orlando its first lead on a three-pointer with 42 seconds left, Arron Afflalo tied his season high with 30 points, and the Magic snapped a 10-game skid.
The loss ended the Clippers franchise-record 13-game, home-winning streak and provided them with a scare when All-Star guard Chris Paul went down holding his right knee with 54 seconds to go. Paul returned after a timeout and hit a 15-footer to draw his team within one with 33 seconds left.
76ERS 107, ROCKETS 100: In Philadelphia, Jrue Holiday scored 30 points, and Thaddeus Young had 18 points and 12 rebounds as Philadelphia 76ers snapped a five-game losing streak. Jason Richardson scored 16 points for the Sixers.