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Paul George’s finishing flurry leads Pacers past Kings in OT

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Paul George scored 12 of Indiana’s last 16 points and finished with 33 and the Pacers overcame a 16-point third-quarter deficit to beat the Sacramento Kings 115-111 in overtime Friday night.

Jeff Teague had 17 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for Indiana. The Pacers won their second straight and swept the season series with the Kings for the first time since 2013-14.

DeMarcus Cousins had 26 points and 16 rebounds, and Darren Collison also had 26 points for Sacramento. The Kings have lost six of eight.

Sacramento appeared to be cruising when it extended a 64-55 halftime lead to 78-62 midway through the third quarter and still led 98-87 with 6:33 left in regulation.

But with George and Myles Turner leading the way, the Pacers closed regulation on a 17-5 run to force a 104-104 tie. George gave Indiana the lead with a driving layup with 4:06 to play and the Pacers never trailed again.

TIP-INS

Kings: Coach Dave Joerger and Pacers coach Nate McMillan wore bow ties in honor of Michael H. Goldberg, who served as executive director of the NBA’s coaching union for nearly four decades. He died late last week at age 73. … Sacramento made 11 of 16 3-pointers in the first half but was just 2 of 10 in the second half and overtime. … Kosta Koufos had nine points and 12 rebounds. … Sacramento had won its previous two games in Indy.

Pacers: George has scored 30 points in all three games this week. … C.J. Miles had 18 points and made six 3s to pass Austin Croshere (376) for No. 8 on the Pacers’ franchise list in the NBA era. Miles now has 382. … Indiana was 10 of 28 on 3s and is 12-6 when making at least 10 in a game this season. … Improved to 2-7 on the second night of back-to-backs this season.

LeBron James, Kyrie Irving help Cavs break losing streak, beat Nets

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CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James scored 31 points, Kyrie Irving added 28 and the Cleveland Cavaliers ended a turbulent week with a 124-116 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night.

The NBA champions had lost three straight and six of eight while James questioned whether the organization was fully committed to winning a second title.

The Cavaliers took advantage of a timely visit from the NBA’s worst team. Irving scored 20 points, and James added 10 in the third quarter when Cleveland built an 86-62 lead.

Kevin Love, named to the All-Star team Thursday, had 13 points and 14 rebounds.

The Nets have lost four straight and 15 of their last 16. Brooklyn played without leading scorer Brook Lopez (rest) and top rebounder Trevor Booker (illness).

Sean Kilpatrick led Brooklyn with 18 points, and Bojan Bogdanovic had 17.

Joel Embiid rejects James Harden on one end, scores on Nene on other end (VIDEO)

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Joel Embiid looked every bit the All-Star Friday night against Houston. No, he isn’t one, but he played like one.

The play of the game came midway through the third quarter, when Embiid blocked James Harden‘s shot on one end and then took the ball end-to-end and scored over Nene. You can see the video above.

Nene got his revenge.

The Rockets got their revenge with 40 points, 13 assists, and 11 rebounds from James Harden to get the 123-118 win.

Kyle Lowry scores 32, Raptors end skid with 102-86 win over Bucks

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TORONTO (AP) — Kyle Lowry had 32 points, Norman Powell added 19 and the Toronto Raptors snapped their longest losing streak of the season at five games with a 102-86 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night.

Still without injured star DeMar DeRozan, Toronto rolled to its seventh straight victory against the Bucks and 13th in the last 14 meetings.

Jabari Parker had 21 points and 13 rebounds, and Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 19 for the Bucks, who lost for the seventh time in eight games.

Having trailed since the 4:49 mark of the first quarter and by as many as 19 at one point, the Bucks clawed to within seven entering the fourth. But powered by 3-pointers from Lowry and Patrick Patterson, the Raptors started the final period on a 13-5 run to take control again.

The Bucks started quickly, jumping out to an 11-5 lead over the opening 3:09. But the Raptors responded with a 31-6 run and ultimately took a 36-19 edge after 12 minutes.

Behind eight points from Thon Maker off the bench, Milwaukee closed within seven with 4:34 to play in the first half. The Raptors then went on a 12-3 run, keyed by 3-pointers from Lowry and Fred VanVleet to go into halftime with a 53-39 lead.

Milwaukee got back into the game following the break, with 11 points from Parker and nine from Matthew Dellavedova on three consecutive 3s reducing the deficit to 77-70 entering the fourth quarter.

TIP-INS

Bucks: Having entered the game leading the NBA in points in the paint with an average of 50.9, Milwaukee was held to 44. . Milwaukee was outrebounded 47-43.

Raptors: DeRozan (right ankle) missed his third straight game. . With his 11 rebounds, the Raptors improved to 17-8 this season when Jonas Valanciunas reaches double digits in boards.

DON’T LOOK NOW

Toronto has been second in the Eastern Conference for most of the season, but the recent five-game losing streak has the Raptors looking over their shoulder as Boston, Atlanta and Washington are all within 2 1/2 games. Toronto coach Dwane Casey is anything but surprised, though.

“Like I said, it’s going to be a dog fight between two and four, five,” he said. “That group is all right there together, a lot of equal teams, so we’ve got to get ready for that mentally and physically.”

NORTH STAR

Lowry was given a standing ovation by the Air Canada Centre crowd midway through the first quarter as a Jumbotron presentation recognized the guard for his third consecutive All-Star nod. Lowry was voted on as an Eastern Conference reserve Thursday and will join DeRozan at next month’s game in New Orleans, just the third time in franchise history that the Raptors will send two players to the game.

FINDING THEIR TOUCH

After shooting just 26 percent (36 of 140) from 3-point range during their five-game losing streak, Toronto started to heat up from beyond the arc, converting on 40 percent of its chances Friday night as six players connected.

 

Kemba Walker crosses up, drops Derrick Rose (VIDEO)

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That is an All-Star cross over.

Kemba Walker earned his first trip to the All-Star Game this season, and he showed why at the expense of the Knicks Derrick Rose on Friday night. He crossed over Rose and made him stumble, then used a pick to get into the lane. Credit to the Knicks defense for rotating and cutting him off.

The Knicks went on to win the game, 110-107. Considering the Hornets are a good team (well, not since the calendar flipped to 2017, they are 3-13) and all the rumors circulating around the Knicks, this is a quality win.