Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (24) takes a shot against Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler (21) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeats Denver 119-80. Photo by Brian Spurlock, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters.
Pacers 119, Nuggets 80
David West scored 21 of his 25 points in the first half, and the Indiana Pacers crushed the Denver Nuggets for their biggest win of the season.
The Pacers shot 57.5 percent from the field, sinking 46 of 80 shots.
Indiana (40-11) won for the 14th time in their past 15 home games and made quick work of an opponent missing four of its top players.
Denver were playing without starting point guard Ty Lawson, center JaVale McGee and forward Danilo Gallinari -- as well as reserve guard Nate Robinson.
The Nuggets (24-26) lost their third straight and fell for the eighth time in 12 games.
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Rockets 107, Timberwolves 89
The Houston Rockets had all five starters score at least 14 points as they remained one of the NBA's hottest teams by winning their sixth straight game.
The Wolves, meanwhile, continued their slow fade to irrelevancy. Without injured center Nikola Pekovic and shooting guard Kevin Martin, and with coach Rick Adelman away from the team for personal reasons, the Wolves lost for the fourth straight time and for the sixth time in seven games.
Chandler Parsons had 20 to lead Houston. Guard James Harden had 19 and center Dwight Howard had 18 points and 15 rebounds for Houston (35-17).
The Wolves (24-28) lost despite forward Kevin Love's 31 points and 10 rebounds.