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NBA ROUNDUP: Pacers struggle in road loss to Wizards

2014-03-28T20:30:00Z 2014-03-28T22:33:20Z NBA ROUNDUP: Pacers struggle in road loss to WizardsThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 28, 2014 8:30 pm  • 

John Wall scored 20 points, and the Washington Wizards avenged two of their biggest losses of the season Friday night, never trailing in a 91-78 win over the cold-shooting, turnover-prone Pacers.

Marcin Gortat added 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Al Harrington added 12 points.

But Indiana was due for a letdown, two nights after a big win over the Miami Heat in a matchup of the top two teams in the Eastern Conference. The Pacers committed five turnovers in the first four minutes Friday and shot 35 percent overall.

Paul George scored 19 points, and Lance Stephenson had 13 points and matched a career-high with 14 rebounds for the Pacers.

Orlando 110, Charlotte 105, OT: Nikola Vucevic scored 24 points and grabbed 23 rebounds, and Jameer Nelson had five points in overtime in the win.

Aaron Afflalo, who finished with 17 points, sent the game into overtime with a 3-pointer with 7.6 seconds remaining as Orlando won its second straight.

Miami 110, Detroit 78: LeBron James had 17 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds to help the Heat build a big lead, and then he rested in the fourth quarter of the victory.

The banged-up Heat had little trouble even though they were without Dwyane Wade, Mario Chalmers, Ray Allen and Greg Oden. Udonis Haslem scored 12 of his 17 points in the first quarter, when James already had seven assists.

Brooklyn 108, Cleveland 97: Paul Pierce scored 17 of his 22 points in a flawless first quarter, and the Nets quickly pulled away in the second on the way to their 12th straight home victory.

Joe Johnson added 14 points for the Nets, who played three straight overtime games on their road trip, losing the last two of them. But things were much easier back home, where they won for the 19th time in their last 21 games.

Toronto 105, Boston 103: Amir Johnson scored the winning basket with seven seconds remaining, and Toronto clinched its first playoff berth in six seasons.

DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points as the Raptors won for the 18th time in 24 home games. Terrence Ross had 17 points, Greivis Vasquez scored 15 and Jonas Valanciunas finished with 13.

Minnesota 143, L.A. Lakers 107: Kevin Love had 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for his second career triple-double and the Timberwolves hammered the woeful Lakers.

Nikola Pekovic scored 26 points on 9-for-10 shooting in his first game back from an ankle injury and Love hit three of five 3-pointers in just three quarters. Kevin Martin scored 17 points for the Wolves, who led by 19 points in the first quarter, 37 in the second and 40 in the third.

New Orleands 102, Utah 95: Tyreke Evans had 22 points and 15 assists, and the short-handed Pelicans overcame the loss of Anthony Davis to extend their winning streak to a season-long five games.

Davis left the game with a left ankle injury less than four minutes in, further depleting New Orleans' already injury-riddled roster. Evans played point guard for a second straight game, as he did in an upset of the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night.

Oklahoma City 94, Sacremento 81: Kevin Durant scored 29 points to help the Thunder beat the Kings.

Durant has scored at least 25 points in 37 consecutive games, the longest streak since Michael Jordan's 40-game run for the Chicago Bulls during the 1986-87 season. Durant could have done more damage, but he sat for good with 1:25 left in the third quarter.

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