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Cavaliers enter break on hot streak

CLEVELAND — LeBron James scored 31, Kyrie Irving added 26, Kyle Korver made six 3-pointers and the Cavaliers rolled into the All-Star break with their seventh win in eight games, beating the Pacers 113-104 Wednesday.

Irving and Korver combined to make four 3s in the first 2:50 of the fourth quarter as the NBA champions pulled away and improved to 7-1 in February after a drama-filled January. Korver finished with 22 points and became the seventh player with 2,000 career 3s.

And while most of the Cavs will relax over the weekend, James and Irving are headed to New Orleans for Sunday's All-Star Game.

Glenn Robinson scored 17 for Indiana, which lost its fifth straight. Pacers All-Star Paul George scored just 13 and missed 12 straight shots after the first quarter. George ended his drought by making a 3-pointer with 5:15 left.

Cleveland played its second game without All-Star forward Kevin Love, who could miss six weeks after having surgery on his left knee. Love's injury could hasten the team to make a major move before next week's trading deadline.

Game Highlights: Isaiah Thomas scored 33 and the surging Celtics held on to beat the visiting 76ers 116-108. It was the 40th straight 20-point game for Thomas, tying the team record set by John Havlicek during the 1971-72 season. … LaMarcus Aldridge scored 23 and Kawhi Leonard added 22, leading the visiting Spurs to an easy 107-79 victory over the Magic. … Hassan Whiteside had 23 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks to help the visiting Heat top the Rockets 117-109. … Kyle Lowry scored 21 as the host Raptors erased a 17-point fourth quarter deficit to beat the Hornets 90-85.

Around the League: Sixers center Joel Embiid will not participate in the Rising Stars Challenge or the Skills Challenge at All-Star weekend because of an injured left knee. Oklahoma City's Alex Abrines will replace him on the World Team for Friday's Rising Stars game, and Denver's Nikola Jokic will take Embiid's spot Saturday in the Skills Challenge. … Terrence Ross, who was acquired from the Raptors for Serge Ibaka on Tuesday, will not make his Magic debut until after the All-Star break. Ross passed his physical, but Ibaka did not pass his until after tipoff so Ross was unable to play. … Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony was named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team, replacing the injured Kevin Love.

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