Relentless Nets drub Nuggets

Reuters/The Sports Xchange

Posted at Feb 28 2014 05:29 PM | Updated as of Mar 01 2014 01:29 AM

Forward Paul Pierce scored 18 points before sitting out the entire fourth quarter as the Brooklyn Nets raced out to a big lead early and never relented in a 112-89 win over the Denver Nuggets.

Guard Marcus Thornton scored 10 points in his second game since joining Brooklyn at the trade deadline last week. The Nets are 27-29 and within reach of Toronto for first place in the Atlantic Division.

The Nets embarrassed the now-woeful Nuggets despite solid games from forward Kenneth Faried (14 points, eight rebounds) and guard Randy Foye (15 points).

Their efforts were not nearly enough to overcome Denver's worst period of the season. The Nuggets were just 3-for-18 from the field in the first quarter and had as many points as turnovers, eight.

Pacers 101, Bucks 96

Center Roy Hibbert scored a game-high 24 points and had 12 rebounds to power the Pacers to a hard-fought 101-96 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Pacers, who lead the Central Division by 13 games, rallied from a six-point deficit in the third quarter as forward Paul George added 18 points and a game-high six assists.

Guard Brandon Knight led the Bucks with 23 points.

Wizards 134, Raptors 129 (3 OT)

Guard John Wall scored 31 points while center Marcin Gortat also scored 31 points and added 12 rebounds as the Washington Wizards defeated the Toronto Raptors 134-129 in triple overtime.

Wall, who scored eight of his points in overtime, made a driving layup in the final minute of the third extra period to give the Wizards a four-point lead.

Guard DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors with 34 points. (Editing by John O'Brien)