Love outduels George to lead Wolves past Pacers
Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (24) moves past Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love (42) during the third quarter at Target Center. Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters.
Timberwolves 104, Pacers 91
Minnesota forward Kevin Love won a scorers' duel against fellow All Star Paul George as the Timberwolves earned a surprise win against the Eastern Conference-leading Pacers.
Love scored 42 and grabbed 16 rebounds to overshadow George's 35 and 11 in the victory.
Wolves starting point guard Ricky Rubio added a career-high 17 assists, and four Minnesota players in addition to Love scored in double figures.
Indiana have lost three of five games to loosen their lead over the Miami Heat in the East.
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Wizards 114, Hawks 97
The Washington Wizards got 21 points and 12 assists from guard John Wall to defeat the Atlanta Hawks.
The Wizards also got 19 points and nine rebounds from forward Trevor Ariza and 19 points and six assists from guard Bradley Beal.
Washington (26-28) broke a three-game losing streak with the victory, their first in Atlanta since Jan. 11, 2008, and moved into fifth place in the NBA East. Atlanta (25-28) lost for the seventh straight game.
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Cavaliers 101, Magic 93
Kyrie Irving scored a team-high 22 points in the Cleveland Cavaliers' victory over the Orlando Magic.
It was the Cavaliers' (22-33) sixth consecutive victory, their longest streak since March 2010.
Orlando (16-40) never led in the game. The Magic were led by guard Arron Afflalo's game-high 23 points.