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NBA ROUNDUP: George helps Pacers pull away from Lakers

2014-02-25T20:30:00Z 2014-02-26T02:16:11Z NBA ROUNDUP: George helps Pacers pull away from LakersThe Associated Press The Associated Press
February 25, 2014 8:30 pm  • 

Paul George scored 12 of his 20 points in the third quarter, Evan Turner had 13 points in his Pacers debut, and Indiana beat the Los Angeles Lakers 118-98 on Tuesday night.

Indiana improved its league-leading record to 43-13.

Kent Bazemore finished with a career-high 23 points and Jodie Meeks added 15 for the Lakers (19-38), who have the worst record in the West. The loss also ended Los Angeles' three-game winning streak at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

The Lakers stayed closer than expected through the first 2 ½ quarters and trailed just 59-58 early in the third.

But George then scored 10 points in a decisive 14-5 spurt that gave Indiana an 80-68 lead with 2:58 to go in the period. The Pacers finished the quarter on an 11-2 run to make it 91-70, and the Lakers couldn't get closer than 19 the rest of the way.

It was a huge night for George and Indiana's continually evolving bench.

George had seven rebounds and six assists despite spending the entire fourth quarter on the bench with most of Indiana's starters. David West had 11 points and 12 rebounds, Roy Hibbert finished with 10 points, six rebounds and four blocks, and the Pacers got 50 points from the bench with their newest player, Turner, leading the way.

Bulls 107, Hawks 103: Mike Dunleavy scored 22 points; Joakim Noah had 20 points and 12 rebounds, and the Bulls held off the Atlanta Hawks.

Carlos Boozer had 17 points and 11 rebounds for Chicago, and Kirk Hinrich scored 14 points, including six free throws in the final 44 seconds. The Bulls have won six of seven.

Jeff Teague had 26 points but made two costly turnovers late in the game for the Hawks, who have lost nine of 10. Shelvin Mack had 17 points.

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