Minnesota forward Kevin Love won a scorers’ duel against fellow All Star Paul George as the Timberwolves earned a surprise 104-91 win against the Eastern Conference-leading Indiana Pacers.
Timberwolves 104, Pacers 91
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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Knicks 98, Pelicans 91
Carmelo Anthony scored a game-high 42 points, including 13 consecutive points in the final 7:10, to power the New York Knicks to a victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.
Anthony’s performance helped the Knicks (21-33) snap a three-game losing streak.
The Pelicans (23-30) were led by guard Eric Gordon’s 28 points, but Gordon did not score in the final quarter on just two shot attempts.
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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.
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Bobcats 116, Pistons 98
Al Jefferson scored 29 points and guard Kemba Walker added 24 points and a career-high 16 assists as the Charlotte Bobcats completed an important two-night sweep over the Detroit Pistons.
The victory followed a 108-96 win in Detroit on Tuesday night, and enabled the Bobcats (25-30) to push their lead over the Pistons (22-32) to 2 1/2 games in the fight for the Eastern Conference’s eighth and final play-off spot.