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Pacers D shuts down Heat

Finding his path to the basket impeded by the Pacers’ Gerald Green, the Heat’s Dwyane Wade tries to pass in the first half.

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Finding his path to the basket impeded by the Pacers’ Gerald Green, the Heat’s Dwyane Wade tries to pass in the first half.

INDIANAPOLIS — Paul George made no attempt to downplay the importance of his matchup with LeBron James.

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"It's a chance to for me to see where I'm at, going against one of the best, if not, the best in the league," George said. "Another challenge to myself to go at LeBron. I definitely wanted to battle him."

George had 29 points and 11 rebounds, and the Pacers held the Heat to a season low in points in an 87-77 win on Tuesday night.

George has moved from shooting guard to small forward and become a primary scoring option with Danny Granger, Indiana's leading scorer last season, out all season with a left knee injury.

Indiana's forward, 22, earned James' respect for the way he has handled new responsibilities.

"I see him playing with a lot of confidence and a lot of opportunities," James said. "The simple fact that Danny Granger is hurt has created this opportunity for him to show what he can do. He's doing everything."

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: James Harden scored 31 and Chandler Parsons 20 to help the host Rockets win their fifth straight 125-112 over the Lakers, who lost their fourth in a row. L.A's Steve Nash reached 10,000 assists, joining Magic Johnson, Mark Jackson, John Stockton and Jason Kidd.

BUCKS FIRE COACH: Scott Skiles is out as Milwaukee's coach, replaced by assistant Jim Boylan for the rest of the season. Skiles was fired as Bulls coach in 2007 and replaced by Boylan.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Nets forward Andray Blatche was interviewed by Philadelphia police in connection with an alleged sexual assault at the team's hotel. Blatche is not accused of wrongdoing but was in the suite in which the incident occurred, police said. … Wizards point guard John Wall could make his season debut Saturday after rehabbing his left knee. … Jazz forward Marvin Williams will miss three games with right knee inflammation.

Pacers 87, Heat 77

MIAMI (77): James 10-20 1-4 22, Haslem 0-2 0-0 0, Bosh 5-10 4-4 14, Chalmers 1-6 0-0 3, Wade 9-16 8-10 30, Anthony 0-1 0-0 0, Battier 0-3 0-0 0, Allen 0-5 0-0 0, Cole 2-2 0-0 5, Miller 1-3 0-0 3. Totals 28-68 13-18 77.

INDIANA (87): George 12-27 1-3 29, West 6-13 1-2 14, Hibbert 3-12 0-0 6, Hill 0-4 0-0 0, Stephenson 5-11 0-2 13, T.Hansbrough 1-4 5-6 7, Green 3-11 0-0 7, Mahinmi 3-7 1-2 7, Augustin 0-2 4-4 4, Johnson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 33-91 12-19 87.

Miami 19 23 15 20— 77

Indiana 20 22 25 20— 87

3-Point GoalsMiami 8-19 (Wade 4-6, Miller 1-1, Cole 1-1, James 1-1, Chalmers 1-3, Battier 0-3, Allen 0-4), Indiana 9-22 (George 4-9, Stephenson 3-4, West 1-1, Green 1-5, Hill 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMiami 44 (James 10), Indiana 66 (Hibbert 14). AssistsMiami 13 (James 4), Indiana 20 (Augustin 8). Total FoulsMiami 21, Indiana 21. A18,165 (18,165).

Rockets 125, Lakers 112

L.A. LAKERS (112): Bryant 8-22 2-2 20, World Peace 9-14 2-2 24, Sacre 4-10 2-2 10, Nash 6-10 4-4 16, D.Morris 5-7 0-0 12, Jamison 3-7 0-0 7, Meeks 4-10 1-1 12, Clark 2-8 1-2 5, Duhon 2-3 0-0 6. Totals 43-91 12-13 112.

HOUSTON (125): Parsons 8-13 2-2 20, M.Morris 4-8 1-1 9, Asik 1-2 0-2 2, Lin 7-13 3-6 19, Harden 11-19 8-8 31, Douglas 4-9 2-2 11, Patterson 4-5 1-1 9, Smith 1-3 1-1 3, Delfino 7-14 0-0 19, Anderson 0-0 0-0 0, Motiejunas 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 48-87 18-23 125.

L.A. Lakers 34 28 26 24— 112

Houston 28 31 38 28— 125

3-Point GoalsL.A. Lakers 14-31 (World Peace 4-5, Meeks 3-7, D.Morris 2-2, Duhon 2-2, Bryant 2-8, Jamison 1-4, Nash 0-3), Houston 11-25 (Delfino 5-7, Parsons 2-2, Lin 2-6, Douglas 1-4, Harden 1-4, M.Morris 0-1, Patterson 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsL.A. Lakers 43 (Clark 9), Houston 50 (Delfino, Lin, Harden 6). AssistsL.A. Lakers 25 (Nash 10), Houston 26 (Harden 9). Total FoulsL.A. Lakers 21, Houston 15. TechnicalsHouston defensive three second. A18,135 (18,023).

Timberwolves 108, Hawks 103

ATLANTA (103): Korver 5-11 1-2 15, Smith 8-14 3-5 21, Horford 9-16 1-1 19, Teague 2-6 0-0 5, L.Williams 6-15 8-9 21, Stevenson 0-2 0-0 0, Jenkins 4-6 0-0 10, Pachulia 3-4 2-2 8, Scott 1-2 2-2 4, Tolliver 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 38-77 17-21 103.

MINNESOTA (108): Kirilenko 7-11 5-5 21, Cunningham 3-9 0-0 6, Pekovic 9-15 7-8 25, Ridnour 4-11 2-2 10, Shved 6-15 1-3 15, D.Williams 7-13 0-0 17, Rubio 0-0 4-6 4, Barea 2-10 0-0 5, Stiemsma 2-3 1-2 5. Totals 40-87 20-26 108.

Atlanta 20 22 29 32— 103

Minnesota 30 28 27 23— 108

3-Point GoalsAtlanta 10-22 (Korver 4-7, Jenkins 2-3, Smith 2-4, Teague 1-2, L.Williams 1-4, Stevenson 0-2), Minnesota 8-15 (D.Williams 3-5, Kirilenko 2-2, Shved 2-5, Barea 1-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsAtlanta 47 (Smith 13), Minnesota 49 (Pekovic 18). AssistsAtlanta 21 (L.Williams 8), Minnesota 29 (Rubio 8). Total FoulsAtlanta 23, Minnesota 16. A15,988 (19,356).

Nets 109, 76ers 89

BROOKLYN (109): Wallace 3-6 4-6 11, Evans 1-5 0-0 2, Lopez 6-10 1-1 13, Williams 7-11 5-5 22, Johnson 6-13 1-1 15, Blatche 8-15 4-4 20, Bogans 2-6 0-0 6, Brooks 1-2 0-0 2, Humphries 0-2 2-2 2, Watson 3-5 0-1 6, Teletovic 3-5 0-0 8, Shengelia 0-1 2-2 2, Taylor 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 40-83 19-22 109.

PHILADELPHIA (89): Turner 4-11 0-0 8, T.Young 4-8 1-2 9, Allen 3-6 0-0 6, Holiday 7-11 2-2 19, Richardson 3-9 0-0 6, N.Young 4-9 2-2 11, Hawes 6-9 0-2 14, Wright 2-5 0-0 5, Wilkins 3-6 0-1 6, Wayns 2-5 1-1 5, Moultrie 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 38-79 6-10 89.

Brooklyn 26 22 35 26— 109

Philadelphia 24 23 14 28— 89

3-Point GoalsBrooklyn 10-24 (Williams 3-6, Teletovic 2-3, Johnson 2-5, Bogans 2-6, Wallace 1-2, Shengelia 0-1, Watson 0-1), Philadelphia 7-17 (Holiday 3-3, Hawes 2-2, N.Young 1-2, Wright 1-4, Turner 0-2, Richardson 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsBrooklyn 56 (Evans 23), Philadelphia 35 (Turner 7). AssistsBrooklyn 27 (Wallace, Williams, Johnson 5), Philadelphia 24 (Holiday 8). Total FoulsBrooklyn 15, Philadelphia 16. A16,167 (20,328).

Bucks 108, Suns 99

PHOENIX (99): Dudley 6-14 4-4 18, Scola 5-12 2-2 12, Gortat 7-11 2-2 16, Dragic 8-15 4-5 21, Tucker 2-7 2-4 6, Morris 3-8 3-4 9, Brown 2-8 4-4 8, Telfair 2-7 0-0 5, Johnson 0-3 0-0 0, O'Neal 2-5 0-1 4. Totals 37-90 21-26 99.

MILWAUKEE (108): Mbah a Moute 5-11 0-0 11, Ilyasova 5-10 0-0 12, Sanders 5-9 0-1 10, Jennings 9-15 6-6 29, Ellis 5-19 2-2 13, Udrih 5-6 0-0 10, Udoh 0-5 2-2 2, Henson 4-7 4-7 12, Dunleavy 4-9 1-1 9. Totals 42-91 15-19 108.

Phoenix 33 23 20 23— 99

Milwaukee 26 24 30 28— 108

3-Point GoalsPhoenix 4-20 (Dudley 2-5, Telfair 1-4, Dragic 1-5, Tucker 0-1, Johnson 0-1, Brown 0-1, Morris 0-3), Milwaukee 9-17 (Jennings 5-7, Ilyasova 2-4, Mbah a Moute 1-1, Ellis 1-3, Dunleavy 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsPhoenix 59 (Gortat 14), Milwaukee 52 (Henson 11). AssistsPhoenix 21 (Dudley 8), Milwaukee 25 (Jennings 9). Total FoulsPhoenix 22, Milwaukee 18. TechnicalsTelfair. A13,014 (18,717).

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