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Milwaukee’s Ramon Sessions tries to stop the shot of Indiana’s Donald Sloan during the second half of the Pacers’ 104-102 win Wednesday in Milwaukee.
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Pacers’ subs win, retake East lead

– Chris Copeland’s driving layup with 1.2 seconds remaining gave Indiana a 104-102 victory over Milwaukee that moved them back into first place in the Eastern Conference.

Copeland finished with a season-high 18 points. Luis Scola also recorded a season high with 24 points and Evan Turner added 23 for Indiana, which benched all of its usual starters for the entire game.

Coach Frank Vogel made the move after saying his team appeared tired following a 107-88 home loss to Atlanta on Sunday, when the Pacers were held to a franchise-low 23 points in the first half.

Even without the starters, Indiana moved a half-game ahead of the Heat heading into Friday’s matchup in Miami.

Copeland’s shot came after Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton had tied the game at 102 after making three free throws. Middleton drew a foul while attempting a shot near the 3-point arc with 4.9 seconds remaining that referees initially ruled a 2-point attempt. After a review, the call was reversed, sending Middleton to the line for three shots.

Following a pair of timeouts, the Pacers inbounded the ball to Copeland, who drove past his defender for the winning shot.

GRIZZLIES 107, HEAT 102: In Memphis, Tenn., Zach Randolph had 25 points and 11 rebounds, Marc Gasol added 20 points and 14 rebounds and Memphis kept its playoff hopes alive with the win.

LeBron James led the Heat with 37 points, connecting on 14 of 23 shots, including 3 of 5 from beyond the arc.

MAGIC 115, NETS 111: In Orlando, Fla., Arron Afflalo scored 25 points and E’Twaun Moore added 17 for Orlando, which held off a late rally to win.

Joe Johnson scored 31 points and Mirza Teletovic had 17 as the Nets had a three-game winning streak stopped.

BOBCATS 94, WIZARDS 88, OT: In Washington, Kemba Walker made the only field goal for either team in overtime, and Charlotte won its fifth straight and moved into position for the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference.

RAPTORS 125, 76ERS 114: In Toronto, Jonas Valanciunas had 26 points and 12 rebounds to lift Toronto to the win, less than three days after he was charged with drunken driving.

Henry Sims scored 22 points, Michael Carter-Williams added 19, and Thaddeus Young finished with 16 for the Sixers.

HAWKS 105, CELTICS 97: In Atlanta, Jeff Teague scored 19 points, Kyle Korver added 17 and Atlanta helped its playoff chances with the win.

With four games remaining in the regular season, Atlanta increased its lead to two games over New York for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

BULLS 102, TIMBERWOLVES 87: In Minneapolis, D.J. Augustin scored 21 points and Joakim Noah posted his league-leading fourth triple-double of the season to lead Chicago.

Kirk Hinrich scored 16 points to help the Bulls stay right on Toronto’s heels for the third seed in the Eastern Conference.

SUNS 94, PELICANS 88: In New Orleans, Gerald Green scored 21 points, and Phoenix won its third straight game.

Goran Dragic had 20 points and nine assists for the Suns, who are clinging to the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

NUGGETS 123, ROCKETS 116: In Denver, Randy Foye scored 24 of his 30 points in the second half, and Denver hung on.

Kenneth Faried had 23 points and Timofey Mozgov added 22 for the Nuggets, who beat the Rockets for the first time in three tries this season.

Jeremy Lin led eight Houston players in double figures with 18 points.

CAVALIERS 122, PISTONS 100: In Cleveland, Dion Waiters scored 22 points as the Cavaliers, their playoff hopes hanging by a thread, routed Detroit.

Brandon Jennings scored 17 after missing his first 10 shots for the Pistons.

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