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George sparks Pacers over Clippers

By Chris Pike
19 January 2014 08:36PM EST

INDIANA continued its run as the NBA's best team on the back of a stunning Paul George effort while Houston, Golden State and Portland recorded impressive victories on Saturday night.

There were eight matches in the NBA on Saturday night with Indiana beating the Clippers 106-92, Detroit beating Washington 104-98, Miami downing Charlotte 104-96, Chicago thrashing Philadelphia 103-78, Houston beating Milwaukee 114-104, Minnesota hammering Utah 98-72, Golden State beating New Orleans 97-87 and Portland thrashing Dallas 127-111.

The NBA's best team Indiana scored a sixth straight home win this season over visiting western conference teams improving to a 32-7 record with an impressive 14-point win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night.

Paul George had a massive night for the Pacers, highlighted by an incredible 360-degree windmill dunk, and he finished with 36 points, six rebounds, three steals and two assists while shooting 12-of-17 from the field, 5-of-6 from downtown and a perfect 7-of-7 from the free-throw line.

Lance Stephenson added 22 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists for Indiana with Danny Granger scoring 12 points and CJ Watson 11.

Jamal Crawford top-scored for the Clippers off the bench with 22 points with Blake Griffin adding 19 points and eight rebounds, DeAndre Jordan 12 points and 17 boards, and Darren Collison 10 points and four assists.

Detroit scored a six-point win over Washington on the road to move back up to seventh spot in the eastern conference standings.

Josh Smith led the way for the Pistons with 22 points and eight rebounds while guard Rodney Stuckey added 20 points off the bench.

Point guard Brandon Jennings also had 14 points and eight assists for Detroit while Kyle Singler contributed 14 points, Greg Monroe 12 and 10 rebounds, and Andre Drummond 10 and 13 rebounds.

Wizards point guard John Wall finished with 34 points and six assists with Martell Webster scoring 15 points, Nene 14 and Marcin Gortat 10 to go with 12 rebounds.

Miami won its 15th straight match over the Bobcats in Charlotte on Saturday night, but it took an overtime period for the Heat to manage to come away with the eight-point victory.

LeBron James led the way for the Heat finishing the night with 34 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

Chris Bosh continued his strong form with 25 points and seven rebounds for Miami while Ray Allen added 12 points and nine rebounds.

Al Jefferson worked hard for the Bobcats finishing with 22 points, 14 rebounds and three assists.

Ramon Sessions scored 16 points off the bench for Charlotte with Gerald Henderson adding 11 points, Anthony Tolliver 11 and Josh McRoberts 10.

Chicago romped to a 25-point win at home over Philadelphia as the Bulls continued their good form having now won seven of their last nine games while the 76ers have lost six of their last seven.

Centre Joakim Noah led the way for Chicago finishing with 21 points, 16 rebounds, four blocked shots, three assists and two steals.

DJ Augustin scored 19 points and had eight assists off the bench for the Bulls while Carlos Boozer added 15 points and 13 rebounds.

Thaddeus Young top-scored for Philadelphia with just 12 points while James Anderson scored 11 points and Michael Carter-Williams 10.

Milwaukee remains winless in 2014 with Houston scoring a comfortable 10-point victory at home over the Bucks.

The Rockets improved to a 27-15 record on the season with Terrence Jones leading the way with a career-best 36 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots.

James Harden also scored 22 points, four rebounds and four assists for Houston with Dwight Howard contributing 20 points and 14 boards.

Brandon Knight did all he could for the Bucks finishing with 26 points and seven assists with John Henson adding 20 points and 15 rebounds off the bench.

The western conference's worst team the Utah Jazz were no match for the Timberwolves in Minnesota on Saturday night with the home team romping to a 26-point victory.

Centre Nikola Pekovic led the way on the night for the T'Wolves finishing with 27 points and 14 rebounds.

Shooting guard Kevin Martin also added 20 points for Minnesota with star power forward Kevin Love contributing 18 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and three steals.

Alec Burks was the only Utah player scoring in double-figures with 18 points.

Golden State scored a 10-point win on the road to New Orleans on Saturday night with the Warriors improving to a 26-16 record on the season to sit in sixth spot in the western conference standings.

Stephen Curry led the way for the Warriors finishing with 28 points, eight assists, six rebounds and four steals.

Power forward David Lee added 22 points and eight rebounds with Australian centre Andrew Bogut finishing with 10 points, 15 rebounds and an impressive five blocked shots.

Anthony Davis worked tirelessly for the Pelicans with 31 points and 17 rebounds while Tyreke Evans scored 14 points and Al-Farouq Aminu 12.

The final NBA match of Saturday night saw Portland score an impressive 16-point win on the road to Dallas to improve to a 31-9 record on the season.

It was the Trail Blazers' biggest winning in Dallas since a 28-point win way back on March 10, 1993.

MVP-candidate LaMarcus Aldridge led the way once again for the Blazers with 30 points and 12 rebounds.

Centre Robin Lopez added 16 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots while point guard Damian Lillard contributing 14 points, 10 assists and five rebounds.

Nicolas Batum also scored 21 points for Portland while collecting seven rebounds.

Dirk Nowitzki top-scored for the Mavs while Monta Ellis added 15 points, DeJuan Blair 13 and Jae Crowder 13.

NBA Results Saturday January 18
Los Angeles Clippers (28-14) 92 lost to Indiana Pacers (32-7) 106
Detroit Pistons (17-23) 104 defeated Washington Wizards (19-20) 98
Miami Heat (29-11) 104 defeated Charlotte Bobcats (17-25) 96
Philadelphia 76ers (13-27) 78 lost to Chicago Bulls (19-20) 103
Milwaukee Bucks (7-32) 104 lost to Houston Rockets (27-15) 114
Utah Jazz (14-28) 72 lost to Minnesota Timberwolves (19-21) 98
Golden State Warriors (26-16) 97 defeated New Orleans Pelicans (15-24) 87
Portland Trail Blazers (31-9) 127 defeated Dallas Mavericks (24-18) 111

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