Pacers dominate Wizards to reach 15 wins


AP

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana extended its best season start in franchise history with a 93-73 win over injury-hit Washington on Friday, with Paul George scoring 23 points to lead the way for the Pacers.

While Indiana leads the way in the Eastern Conference, San Antonio is on top out West following a convincing win over Orlando, while other key games saw Oklahoma City win an overtime thriller against Golden State and Miami extend its winning streak to nine by beating Toronto.

Indiana’s Roy Hibbert added 13 points and eight rebounds as the Pacers won their sixth straight and extended their record start to 15-1, thanks chiefly to its defensive efforts, forcing 18 turnovers and restricting Washington to 40 percent shooting.

The Wizards trailed by as much as 25 in the fourth quarter and lost their 11th straight game in Indianapolis.

Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook sank a 3-pointer with 0.1 seconds left in overtime to give the Thunder a 113-112 victory over Golden State.

The Thunder had plenty of chances to tie or take the lead in the final seconds but needed Westbrook’s buzzer-beater from the corner to claim victory.

Westbrook scored a season-high 34 points on 10-of-25 shooting while Kevin Durant added 25 as the Thunder won their sixth consecutive game overall and ninth straight at home to start the season.

Stephen Curry scored 32 for Golden State.

San Antonio’s Tim Duncan scored 17 of his 19 points in the first half to set up the Spurs for a 109-91 win at Orlando.

Marco Belinelli also had 19 points for San Antonio, which scored 17 straight points in the second quarter to turn a one-point edge into a 58-40 lead, and was able to rest Duncan for much of the second half.

Both teams were without their starting guards, as Tony Parker and Jameer Nelson were both injured in games on Wednesday.

Arron Afflalo scored 17 points for Orlando, who now heads for a six-game, 12-day road trip.

Miami’s LeBron James scored 27 points to once again lead the Heat to a 90-83 win over Toronto.

Dwyane Wade had 22 for the Heat, who have won 13 straight over the Raptors and seven straight in Toronto.

DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points for the Raptors.

Atlanta’s Al Horford made the go-ahead shot with 4.2 seconds left to complete the Hawks’ rally from a 17-point second-half deficit to an 88-87 win over Dallas.

Jeff Teague scored 25 points for the Hawks, while Horford finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds.

The Mavericks were up 70-55 when point guard Jose Calderon went out late in the third quarter with a sprained ankle, and they lost their way from there. Dallas hit just 38 percent, with Vince Carter missing badly on the final shot of the game.

Houston’s Chandler Parsons scored 21 points, making six 3-pointers, as the Rockets beat Brooklyn 114-95, easily winning a fourth-straight game.

The Rockets led by 26 points at halftime and Brooklyn coach Jason Kidd benched all his starters except Brook Lopez for the entire second half.