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Indiana’s Orlando Johnson is fouled by Philadelphia’s Lavoy Allen while shooting during the Pacers’ win Wednesday in Philadelphia.

Pacers rout 76ers for 3rd win in 3 nights

– Weary or not, the Indiana Pacers found the energy to beat the Philadelphia 76ers.

Roy Hibbert had 16 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Pacers to an 88-69 victory over Philadelphia on Wednesday night.

The Central Division-leading Pacers won their third game in three nights. Paul George, George Hill and David West each scored 15 for the Pacers, the only team to play back-to-back-to-back games this season.

“We got in here before the game, and we just looked each other in the eyes, and I knew it,” George said of a team meeting. “I knew we had to go out, fight for each other, rely on each other and do everything possible to get a win.”

Indiana has won five in a row overall to move a season-best 12 games above .500. The Pacers snapped a three-game road losing streak and won for just the third time in 10 games away from home.

“We got ourselves up for this one in the locker room before the game,” West said. “We had to. A lot of guys didn’t have a lot out there physically, and we had to lean on each other. But we did that, we relied on defense, and slowing the game down, and we got it done.”

Jrue Holiday had 17 points for the Sixers, who saw their season-best three-game winning streak end.

“Our tanks were on E, but our team is a very, very mentally tough team. And we proved it tonight,” Pacers coach Frank Vogel said.

HEAT 114, ROCKETS 108: In Miami, LeBron James scored 32 points and Dwyane Wade added 31 points and eight assists. James Harden finished with 36 points and 12 rebounds for Houston.

CELTICS 99, RAPTORS 95: In Toronto, Kevin Garnett scored a season-high 27 points with 10 rebounds, Paul Pierce had 12 points and 11 rebounds, and Boston won its fifth straight game. The Celtics remained unbeaten since losing guard Rajon Rondo to a season-ending knee injury. Rudy Gay led the Raptors with 25 points.

WIZARDS 106, KNICKS 96: In Washington, John Wall had 21 points and nine assists and Trevor Ariza scored 20 points to break New York’s five-game winning streak. Martel Webster added 19 for Washington. Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 31 points.

CLIPPERS 86, MAGIC 76: In Orlando, Fla., Eric Bledsoe had 27 points as Los Angeles used a big third quarter to end a three-game losing streak. The Magic lost its 11th consecutive game and has dropped 22 of its last 24.

CAVALIERS 122, BOBCATS 95: In Cleveland, Kyrie Irving scored 22 points in just three quarters and rookie Dion Waiters added 19 for Cleveland. Byron Mullens scored 15 to pace the Bobcats.

HORNETS 93, SUNS 84: In New Orleans, Greivis Vasquez scored 19 points and Al-Farouq Aminu added 16 as New Orleans snapped a four-game losing streak. Marcin Gortat and Jared Dudley each scored 14 points for the Suns.

NETS 93, PISTONS 90: In Auburn Hills, Mich., Brook Lopez had 17 points as Brooklyn won at Detroit for the first time since 2006. Greg Monroe led Detroit with 23 points.

THUNDER 119, WARRIORS 98: In Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant scored 25 points and Russell Westbrook added 22 as Oklahoma City won consecutive games for the first time in nearly three weeks.

HAWKS 103, GRIZZLIES 92: In Atlanta, Jeff Teague had 22 points and a season-high 13 assists, and Josh Smith added 19 points.

Zach Randolph scored 20 points and Mike Conley added 17 as the Grizzlies lost their second straight.

MAVERICKS 105, TRAIL BLAZERS 99: In Dallas, O.J. Mayo scored 28 points, Vince Carter hit a critical jumper in the final minute and as Dallas coach Rick Carlisle won his 500th career game.