Pacers crush Kings; Bobcats end Knicks' win streak
Indiana Pacers small forward Paul George (24) gets around Sacramento Kings small forward Rudy Gay (8) for a shot at the basket during the second half of the game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Photo by Marc Lebryk, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters.
Pacers 116, Kings 92
Paul George scored 31 points to lead the Indiana Pacers to a comfortable victory over the in-form Sacramento Kings, who were seeking a fourth win in succession.
The Pacers built on a dominating 26-5 second-quarter run as they improved their NBA-leading record to 30-7 in their quest for home-court advantage in the playoffs.
After improving their home record to 19-1 this season, it was confirmed that the Pacers staff will be the Eastern Conference coaches for the NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans.
DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings (13-23) in scoring with 31 points and 13 rebounds. It was his 11th consecutive double-double.
The Pacers reached season highs in scoring with 116 points, 59 first-half points and 55 percent shooting from the field.
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Bobcats 108, Knicks 98
Al Jefferson scored a season-high 35 points and guard Kemba Walker added 25 as the Charlotte Bobcats snapped a three-game losing streak with a victory over the surging New York Knicks.
Jefferson scored 19 of his points in the first half, when the Bobcats pulled out to a 55-46 halftime lead.
Charlotte (16-23) went on to lead by as many as 17 points in the second half and never let the Knicks get closer than four briefly in the third quarter.
The Knicks had a five-game winning streak snapped as they showed the effects of fatigue after a 98-96 overtime win over Phoenix on Monday. They fell to 15-23 with the loss.
Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 20 points but was just 9-of-22 from the field. New York also got 17 points from forward Amar'e Stoudemire.