TORONTO – Paul George and the Indiana Pacers wanted payback for a pair of home losses to Toronto. They got it Friday night against the suddenly struggling Raptors.
George had 22 points and 10 rebounds, and David West added 15 points and 11 rebounds in Indiana’s 93-81 victory over Toronto.
This is a huge win, George said. This team beat us twice at home and we came here trying to get some revenge. We really wanted to win this one tonight.
Roy Hibbert returned from a one-game suspension to score 18 points as the Central Division leaders won for the sixth time in seven games. Hibbert sat out Thursday’s home loss to the Clippers after a shoving match with David Lee in Tuesday’s victory over Golden State.
Clearly we’re a different team (with Hibbert), Indiana coach Frank Vogel said. He guards the rim as well as any big guy in the NBA. He’s a big factor in why we’re the No. 1 defensive team in the league and he gives us some offensive punch, too.
Rudy Gay scored 21 points and Alan Anderson had 14 for the Raptors, who have lost three straight and four of five.
Gay was bothered by back spasms but said the pain was nothing serious.
I tried to play through it because it’s not the time to sit out, he said.
George scored 11 points in the fourth quarter, nine of them on three-pointers, including one with 9:56 left that put the Pacers up 72-53, their biggest lead of the game.
HEAT 98, GRIZZLIES 91: In Miami, Dwyane Wade scored 22 points, LeBron James shook off his worst shooting night of the season to hit a key three-pointer in the final half-minute, and Miami extended its winning streak to 13 games.
James scored 18 points on a season-worst 4-for-14 shooting, plus added 10 assists and eight rebounds. Shane Battier scored 14, Chris Bosh added 13 and Ray Allen had 10 for Miami, which snapped Memphis’ eight-game winning streak.
CLIPPERS 105, CAVALIERS 89: In Cleveland, Jamal Crawford scored 24 points, making a pair of three-pointers in the fourth quarter, and Chris Paul had 15 assists as Los Angeles won in Cleveland for the first time since 2002.
Blake Griffin had 16 points and 11 rebounds as the Clippers won their fourth in a row.
KNICKS 96, WIZARDS 88: In Washington, Carmelo Anthony scored 30 points to lead New York.
Raymond Felton added 23, and J.R. Smith chipped in with 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Knicks.
ROCKETS 118, MAGIC 110: In Orlando, Fla., James Harden had 24 points, as Houston rallied in the fourth quarter to end a five-game losing streak to Orlando.
MAVERICKS 98, NETS 90: In New York, Dirk Nowitzki and former Nets guard Vince Carter each scored 20 points as Dallas ended a three-game losing streak.
HORNETS 100, PISTONS 95: In New Orleans, Greivis Vasquez capped a 25-point, nine-assist performance by hitting a running floater off the backboard with 12 seconds left as New Orleans snapped a two-game skid.
CELTICS 94, WARRIORS 86: In Boston, Paul Pierce had 26 points, and Jeff Green scored 14 of his 18 in the second half to lead Boston.
Golden State guard Stephen Curry, coming off a 54-point performance Wednesday in a loss at New York, was held to 25 on 6-of-22 shooting.
SPURS 130, KINGS 102: In San Antonio, DeJuan Blair scored 16 points off the bench to pace eight players in double figures as San Antonio overcame the loss of Tony Parker.
Parker, the Spurs’ leading scorer, went down with a left ankle sprain with 4:40 left in the third quarter after a drive to the basket and scooping bucket. Parker immediately fell to the ground grabbing his leg and was helped to the locker room. He did not return.
SUNS 92, HAWKS 87: In Phoenix, Marcus Morris tied his career high with four three-pointers in five attempts and scored 16 points in his fifth game with Phoenix, which won its third in a row.
Twin brother Markieff added 11 points as Phoenix snapped Atlanta’s four-game winning streak.