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Fournier, Magic win third straight

C.J. Watson gets creative putting up a shot as the Magic wins in Indianapolis for the first time since Feb. 4, 2012.

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C.J. Watson gets creative putting up a shot as the Magic wins in Indianapolis for the first time since Feb. 4, 2012.

INDIANAPOLIS — Evan Fournier scored 25 and Nikola Vucevic added 24 on Thursday night to lead the Magic past the Pacers 114-94.

Orlando has won three straight since snapping a six-game losing streak, including its first win at Indiana since Feb. 4, 2012.

Indiana now trails Detroit for the East's No. 7 playoff spot by one full game.

Indiana's Paul George had 27 points and eight rebounds and Lavoy Allen had 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Magic coach Scott Skiles praised the positive energy he saw: "You look like an elite team. There's always an ebb and flow to the season and sometimes we look really good for a few games and then we don't. The point you want to get to is that you're the same (team) every day."

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Nikola Mirotic scored 28 and Jimmy Butler added 21 to lead the visiting Bulls to a 103-100 win over the Rockets in a pivotal game for two teams fighting for the final playoff spots in their respective conferences. … LeBron James scored 24 to move into 12th place on the NBA's career scoring list and the host Cavaliers beat the Nets 107-87. James passed Dominique Wilkins with a three-point play in the first quarter. He has 26,689 career points. … Luke Babbitt scored 22 and Tim Frazier had 11 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter, leading the host Pelicans to a 101-95 victory that eliminated the Nuggets from the playoffs.

Magic 114, Pacers 94

ORLANDO (114): Fournier 10-14 2-2 25, Gordon 2-7 2-2 6, Dedmon 3-4 2-5 8, Payton 5-10 0-0 10, Oladipo 7-15 2-2 18, Vucevic 12-15 0-1 24, Hezonja 0-1 2-2 2, Jennings 2-6 0-1 4, Nicholson 4-9 3-3 11, Watson 0-3 0-0 0, Smith 3-6 0-0 6, Marble 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 48-90 13-18 114.

INDIANA (94): George 11-23 4-4 27, Turner 3-11 2-2 8, Mahinmi 2-5 2-5 6, G.Hill 3-9 1-2 9, Ellis 5-11 2-2 13, Allen 5-9 2-4 12, Lawson 1-5 0-0 2, J.Hill 2-3 2-2 6, Stuckey 0-0 0-0 0, Miles 3-9 0-0 9, S.Hill 1-1 0-0 2, Robinson III 0-0 0-0 0, Young 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 36-86 15-21 94.

Orlando 33 24 32 25— 114

Indiana 28 23 28 15— 94

3-Point GoalsOrlando 5-16 (Fournier 3-5, Oladipo 2-3, Watson 0-1, Jennings 0-1, Gordon 0-2, Nicholson 0-4), Indiana 7-19 (Miles 3-5, G.Hill 2-4, George 1-4, Ellis 1-4, Lawson 0-2). ReboundsOrlando 47 (Oladipo, Payton 7), Indiana 56 (Allen 11). AssistsOrlando 26 (Oladipo 7), Indiana 18 (George, Mahinmi, Lawson 3). Total FoulsOrlando 18, Indiana 18. A17,234.

Bulls 103, Rockets 100

CHICAGO (103): Dunleavy 0-1 1-2 1, Portis 1-4 0-0 2, Gasol 6-14 0-0 12, Rose 0-0 0-0 0, Butler 8-13 4-4 21, Mirotic 8-14 7-8 28, McDermott 6-14 2-2 15, Brooks 1-4 0-0 3, Felicio 2-4 1-2 5, Moore 3-7 0-0 8, Holiday 2-2 3-4 8. Totals 37-77 18-22 103.

HOUSTON (100): Ariza 3-10 5-5 14, Motiejunas 1-7 0-0 2, Howard 3-4 1-2 7, Beverley 9-13 1-1 22, Harden 8-20 6-8 24, Beasley 7-18 6-6 20, Capela 4-7 0-0 8, Terry 1-4 0-0 3, Brewer 0-7 0-0 0. Totals 36-90 19-22 100.

Chicago 24 28 19 32— 103

Houston 24 28 28 20— 100

3-Point GoalsChicago 11-24 (Mirotic 5-10, Moore 2-2, Brooks 1-1, Holiday 1-1, Butler 1-2, McDermott 1-4, Dunleavy 0-1, Gasol 0-3), Houston 9-25 (Beverley 3-4, Ariza 3-8, Harden 2-7, Terry 1-4, Motiejunas 0-1, Brewer 0-1). ReboundsChicago 49 (Gasol 10), Houston 52 (Howard 13). AssistsChicago 28 (Butler 6), Houston 19 (Harden 8). Total FoulsChicago 20, Houston 19. TechnicalsButler. A18,244 (18,023).

Cavaliers 107, Nets 87

BROOKLYN (87): Bogdanovic 5-12 3-4 14, Young 9-18 0-0 18, Sims 0-3 4-6 4, Larkin 4-7 3-4 13, Ellington 0-8 0-0 0, Kilpatrick 2-9 0-0 4, Brown 3-9 0-0 6, Robinson 5-13 0-3 10, Sloan 4-9 2-2 11, McCullough 3-6 1-2 7, Reed 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 35-94 13-21 87.

CLEVELAND (107): James 8-11 8-10 24, Love 6-10 3-4 19, Mozgov 4-6 2-3 10, Irving 4-14 2-2 10, Smith 3-8 0-0 8, Thompson 2-4 0-0 4, Dellavedova 0-6 0-0 0, Shumpert 1-4 4-5 6, Frye 5-10 0-0 13, Jefferson 2-4 0-0 5, Williams 2-5 0-0 5, Jones 1-2 0-0 3, McRae 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 38-87 19-24 107.

Brooklyn 22 17 24 24— 87

Cleveland 29 34 26 18— 107

3-Point GoalsBrooklyn 4-21 (Larkin 2-2, Sloan 1-3, Bogdanovic 1-5, McCullough 0-1, Ellington 0-3, Brown 0-3, Kilpatrick 0-4), Cleveland 12-38 (Love 4-8, Frye 3-6, Smith 2-7, Jones 1-2, Williams 1-2, Jefferson 1-3, Shumpert 0-2, Dellavedova 0-3, Irving 0-5). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsBrooklyn 64 (Robinson 11), Cleveland 57 (Love 10). AssistsBrooklyn 26 (Larkin 8), Cleveland 29 (James 11). A20,562 (20,562).

Pelicans 101, Nuggets 95

DENVER (95): Sampson 1-5 0-0 2, Faried 3-11 4-6 10, Jokic 4-7 0-0 9, Mudiay 5-12 0-0 13, Harris 6-11 3-3 16, Arthur 10-15 0-1 24, Augustin 4-9 0-0 9, Lauvergne 2-3 0-0 4, Barton 0-8 6-7 6, Toupane 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 36-83 13-17 95.

NEW ORLEANS (101): Babbitt 9-25 2-2 22, Cunningham 2-5 1-2 5, Asik 0-1 0-0 0, Douglas 7-12 3-3 20, Hamilton 6-14 0-0 14, Ennis 4-12 0-0 11, Ajinca 4-7 0-0 8, Frazier 6-12 2-2 17, Perkins 2-2 0-0 4. Totals 40-90 8-9 101.

Denver 26 28 24 17— 95

New Orleans 31 25 21 24— 101

3-Point GoalsDenver 10-27 (Arthur 4-5, Mudiay 3-6, Jokic 1-3, Harris 1-3, Augustin 1-4, Toupane 0-1, Sampson 0-1, Barton 0-4), New Orleans 13-29 (Ennis 3-5, Frazier 3-5, Douglas 3-7, Hamilton 2-5, Babbitt 2-6, Cunningham 0-1). ReboundsDenver 44 (Faried 12), New Orleans 58 (Babbitt 10). AssistsDenver 28 (Augustin 8), New Orleans 29 (Douglas 10). A16,269.

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