AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – David West scored 16 points and Paul George added a double-double to help the Indiana Pacers easily beat the Detroit Pistons for the second time in as many nights with a 90-72 victory Saturday.
The Pacers won 114-82 Friday night in Indianapolis and led by as many as 21 in the return leg. George finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds for Indiana, which had five players in double figures and got Danny Granger on the floor for the first time this season.
Granger, who sat out the first 55 games of the season with a knee injury, missed his first eight shots before hitting one in the fourth quarter. He finished with two points on 1-for-10 shooting in 18 minutes.
After trailing by as many as 43 in Indiana on Friday, the Pistons started the second game of the home-and-home set by missing 16 of their first 17 shots. Will Bynum led Detroit with 15 points before getting ejected for striking Tyler Hansbrough in the groin in the fourth quarter.
The Pacers struggled to take advantage, turning the ball over seven times in the first nine minutes of the game. That’s when Granger checked in for the first time this season.
Detroit’s second unit – including three rookies – took a 21-20 lead midway through the second quarter, but the Pacers finished strong to take a 39-28 lead at the break. Bynum had 13 points for the Pistons, but Detroit’s five starters combined for only 11 on 4-of-22 shooting in the opening half.
Indiana pulled away in the third quarter and both teams emptied their benches down the stretch.
CAVALIERS 118, MAGIC 94: In Orlando, Fla., Marreese Speights scored 18 points, Alonzo Gee added 17 and Cleveland used a big fourth quarter win its second in a row.
Kyrie Irving chipped in with 12 points and nine assists for the Cavaliers, who snapped a six-game losing streak in Orlando. Cleveland continues its three-game trip today in Miami.
Arron Afflalo scored 16 points for the Magic in Orlando’s first home game since a trade-deadline deal last week that saw the departure of four players, including sixth man J.J. Redick.
Orlando has lost five consecutive games and 28 of its last 31.
HEAT 114, 76ERS 90: In Philadelphia, LeBron James had 16 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for his 35th career triple-double as Miami cruised to its 10th straight win.
Dwyane Wade had 33 points, Mario Chalmers scored 14 and Chris Bosh added 13 to help the defending NBA champions improve to 39-14.
NUGGETS 113, BOBCATS 99: In Charlotte, N.C., JaVale McGee had 17 points, including seven dunks, and Denver snapped a four-game road losing streak.
The Nuggets hadn’t won on the road since Jan. 23 but scored 66 points in the paint behind 14 dunks to snap the skid.
Ty Lawson had nine of his 20 points in the final quarter and handed out five assists as the Nuggets broke open a close game early in the fourth with a flurry of fast-break points. Kenneth Faried finished with 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting, Corey Brewer had 14 points and Andre Iguodala chipped in with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Kemba Walker recorded his fourth straight 20-point game for the Bobcats, finishing with 24 on 9-of-14 shooting. The Nuggets (35-22) came in having lost four of their last five overall.
WIZARDS 105, ROCKET 103: In Washington, Bradley Beal scored 21 points, and Emeka Okafor had 17 points, 11 rebounds and made the go-ahead free throw with 5.2 seconds remaining to help Washington overcome Houston’s three-point barrage.
Trevor Ariza added 18 points and John Wall had 12 points and 11 assists for the Wizards, who came back from a 17-point deficit for their second straight win. Washington scored 54 points in the paint and has won 10 of its 12 home games.
James Harden scored 27 points and Chandler Parsons had 24 with five of the 19 three-pointers by the Rockets, who had won their first two games after the All-Star break. Houston attempted 46 three-pointers, the most in the NBA this season. The Rockets made 13 from beyond the arc in the first half, one off the NBA record they tied against Golden State on Feb. 5.