NBA roundup: Pacers end losing streak
By Sports Network
Final Score: Indiana 93, New Jersey 88
INDIANAPOLIS - Danny Granger scored 32 points, including four clutch free throws down the stretch, as Indiana held off New Jersey, 93-88, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. David West added 16 points and six rebounds, while Roy Hibbert posted a double-double with 13 points and 11 boards. Paul George contributed 11 points, five rebounds and five assists for the Pacers, who put the skids on a five-game losing streak. Deron Williams led New Jersey with 29 points and Kris Humphries recorded 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. MarShon Brooks donated 14 points and five boards for the Nets, who dropped their eighth straight.
Final Score: Chicago 89, Boston 80
CHICAGO - Carlos Boozer scored 23 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and dished out five assists, and the Chicago Bulls utilized a late run to take down Boston Celtics, 89-80, at United Center. Luol Deng and Joakim Noah also had double-doubles for the Bulls, with Deng producing 23 points and 10 assists while Noah dropped 15 points and pulled down 16 boards. C.J. Watson added 11 for Chicago, which has won two straight and seven of eight. Bulls point guard Derrick Rose missed his fourth straight game due to a back injury. Kevin Garnett had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Rajon Rondo contributed 17 points for the Celtics, who lost their second game in as many nights.
Final Score: LA Clippers 74, Portland 71
PORTLAND - Blake Griffin scored 21 points and pulled down 14 rebounds, as the Los Angeles Clippers outlasted Portland, 74-71. Mo Williams added 17 points and six boards off the bench, while Chris Paul chipped in with 13 points and six rebounds for the Clippers, who have won four of five. Nicolas Batum and Jamal Crawford led Portland with 19 points apiece, while Wesley Matthews posted 16 points. Raymond Felton didn't score in just over 24 minutes, finishing 0-for-7 from the floor for Portland, which has lost three of four and squandered an 18-point lead in the third quarter. Portland raced out to an early lead, scoring eight of the final 10 points to take a 27-20 advantage into the second quarter. Crawford's trey with 5.9 ticks to go capped the scoring in the first stanza.