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Pacers beat Heat; Nets down Celtics

By Chris Pike
11 December 2013 09:45PM EST

INDIANA yet again showed its championship credentials by beating Miami in the NBA on Tuesday while Brooklyn finally won consecutive games and New York had another dismal loss.

There were eight matches in the NBA on Tuesday with Cleveland thrashing New York 109-94, Indiana beating Miami 90-84, San Antonio downing Toronto 116-103, Oklahoma City beating Atlanta 101-92, Brooklyn downing Boston 104-96, Minnesota thumping Detroit 121-94, Milwaukee beating Chicago 78-74 and Phoenix beating the Lakers 114-108.

Just two days after an embarrassing 41-point home loss to Boston, New York put in another poor performance this time on the road losing to Cleveland by 15 points on Tuesday.

The results means that the Knicks have lost 11 of their last 13 NBA matches to fall to a disastrous 5-15 record despite being one of the eastern conference favourites coming into the season, and having Carmelo Anthony, Metta World Peace, JR Smith, Amare Stoudemire, Kenyon Martin and Tyson Chandler on their roster.

Kyrie Irving starred in Cleveland's victory over the Knicks finishing with 37 points and 11 assists on the back of an improved 14-of-23 shooting from the field and hitting 4-of-7 from three-point range.

Jarrett Jack added 17 points off the bench for the Cavs with Tristan Thompson adding 12 points and nine rebounds, and CJ Miles 10 points.

Anthony top-scored for the Knicks with 29 points and eight rebounds while shooting 12-of-19 from the field and 3-of-4 from long range.

Stoudemire added 15 points, Smith 14 and Andrea Bargnani 11.

Indiana then bounced back from its heaviest loss of the season to date at the hands of the Oklahoma City Thunder to remain unbeaten at home with a six-point victory over Miami.

The win sees the Pacers now having won their first 10 matches at home for the first time in franchise history and to improve to a 19-3 record on the season ahead of the 16-6 two-time defending champion Heat.

The Heat were in control of the contest as well thanks to a 30 points to 19 opening quarter and they then led by as much as 13 points, but once the Pacers gained the lead in the second period they never surrendered it the rest of the evening.

Centre Roy Hibbert top-scored for Indiana with 24 points to go with five rebounds while David West had 17 points and nine boards, and Paul George 17 points.

Lance Stephenson scored 12 points and George Hill added just five but did contribute eight rebounds and six assists.

LeBron James finished with 17 points, 14 rebounds and six assists for Miami with Dwyane Wade adding 17 points, six boards and six assists. Chris Bosh scored 12 points and Chris Andersen 10.

Toronto returned home fresh after winning in LA on Kobe Bryant's return, but couldn’t continue winning falling to the Spurs yet again, this time by 13 points.

San Antonio has now beaten the Raptors on six straight occasions dating back to 2010.

The Spurs improved to an impressive 16-4 record with the victory that saw Manu Ginobili top-score with 16 points to go with his nine assists and five rebounds.

Tony Parker added 15 points and six assists, Tim Duncan 14 points, Danny Green 14, Australian big man Aron Baynes 14, Marco Belinelli 12 and Aussie guard Patty Mills 11.

Amir Johnson and DeMar DeRozan both scored 19 points each for the Raptors with Terrence Ross and Jonas Valanciunas scoring 14 apiece.

Kyle Lowry also scored 11 points and Dwight Buycks 10 with the traded-for Charles Hayes and Patrick Patterson still not with the team.

Oklahoma City continued its hot form with a nine-point win in Atlanta over the Hawks to improve to a 16-4 record.

Kevin Durant led the way yet again with 30 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for the Thunder.

Serge Ibaka added 19 points and 10 rebounds with Russell Westbrook finishing with 14 points, 11 assists, nine rebounds and four steals.

Reggie Jackson added 13 points and Jeremy Lamb 11 also for Oklahoma City.

Paul Millsap continued his strong form for Atlanta with another 23 points and 12 rebounds with Jeff Teague and Shelvin Mack both scoring 17 points.

Brooklyn won consecutive games for the first time this NBA season by beating Boston at the Barclays Centre by eight points on Tuesday night, but the Nets still hold a woeful 7-14 record.

Point guard Deron Williams returned from a sprained ankle for the Nets to score a season-high 25 points to go with seven assists on 10-of-16 shooting for Brooklyn.

Centre Brook Lopez also had a good night with 24 points on a supremely efficient 10-of-13 shooting from the floor.

Celtics championship-winning pair Paul Pierce (four points, seven rebounds) and Kevin Garnett (11 points, nine rebounds) also got a win against their former team.

Alan Anderson added 15 points for the Nets and Andray Blatche 11 with nine rebounds.

Avery Bradley scored 22 points for Boston with Jeff Green adding 19 points, Jared Sullinger 15, Jordan Crawford 15 and Brandon Bass 13 to go with his 11 rebounds.

Minnesota beat Detroit for a seventh consecutive time thumping the Pistons in at the Palace of Auburn Hills by 27 points.

The win improves the Timberwolves to a 10-11 record and was set up by 26 points, 16 rebounds and seven assists from returning power forward Kevin Love.

Kevin Martin also scored 18 points for the T'Wolves, Nikola Pekovic 18, Ricky Rubio 15, Corey Brewer 11 and Jose Barea 10.

Point guard Brandon Jennings top-scored for the Pistons with 20 points and seven assists with Josh Smith adding 17 points, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 16 and Greg Monroe 10.

Milwaukee won its fifth match of the season downing the Bulls in Chicago by four points.

At 8-11, the Bulls are three games under 500 for the first time in the four years Tom Thibodeau has been coach of the team.

John Henson led the way for the Bucks with 25 points, 14 rebounds and six blocked shots with Brandon Knight adding 19 points and 10 boards. Ersan Ilyasova also had 10 points.

Mike Dunleavy top-scored for Chicago with 24 points while Carlos Boozer worked hard for 21 points and 12 rebounds.

Tony Snell also scored 13 points and Taj Gibson 10 to go with his nine rebounds.

The Lakers remain winless since the return of Kobe Bryant at home to Toronto on Monday night with a six-point defeat again at the Staples Centre at the hands of the 12-9 Phoenix Suns on Tuesday.

The Suns made at least seven three-pointers for the 13th consecutive game, their longest streak since going 14 straight during the 2007/08 season.

Point guard Goran Dragic top-scored for the Suns with 31 points and five assists with Marcus Morris adding 22 points, Eric Bledsoe 18, Markieff Morris 15 and Channing Frye 11.

Bryant scored 20 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the floor while also nailing a dunk for the Lakers with Pau Gasol adding 19 points, Jordan Hill 13, Nick Young 13, Jodie Meeks 13 and Xavier Henry 12.

NBA Results Wednesday December 10
New York Knicks (5-15) 94 lost to Cleveland Cavaliers (8-13) 109
Miami Heat (16-6) 84 lost to Indiana Pacers (19-3) 90
San Antonio Spurs (16-4) 116 defeated Toronto Raptors (7-13) 103
Oklahoma City Thunder (16-4) 101 defeated Atlanta Hawks (11-11) 92
Boston Celtics (10-13) 96 lost to Brooklyn Nets (7-14) 104
Minnesota Timberwolves (10-11) 121 defeated Detroit Pistons (10-12) 94
Milwaukee Bucks (5-16) 78 defeated Chicago Bulls (8-11) 74
Phoenix Suns (12-9) 114 defeated LA Lakers (10-11) 108

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