Pacers Beat Nets 106-99

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Paul George scored a career-high 24 points to lead the Indiana Pacers in a 106-99 win over the New Jersey Nets on Tuesday night. Danny Granger had 21 points and seven rebounds and Roy Hibbert had 18 points and 14 rebounds for the Pacers, who went on a 12-0 run midway through the third quarter and eventually led by as much as 18 in the fourth. George, who shot 8 of 11 in this one, scored 21 points to lead the Pacers to a 108-94 win against the Nets on January 2. Deron Williams scored 34 points for the Nets, who have lost two straight overall and nine straight against the Pacers. The Nets turned the ball over three times and missed three shots in the Pacers' big run and shot just 40 per cent overall in the third. George capped the biggest lead of the third quarter with a reverse dunk off Lou Amundson's steal to give the Pacers an 84-72 lead at the end of the third quarter. With the game tied at 66, George hit a 3-pointer and Granger went to the line to give the Pacers a 71-66 lead. Granger and George combined to score nine of the 12 points in the run. Things started shaky for Indiana as the Pacers turned the ball over on four of their first five trips down the floor. The only points came from George on a 3-pointer. The Pacers turned the ball over again on the next trip down the floor, but then Collison scored on a long jumper to cut the lead to 10-5 and spark a 10-0 run to give the Pacers the lead. George hit another 3-pointer, Granger scored and Collison scored on a three-point play to give the Pacers a 13-10 lead. The Nets played without MarShon Brooks, who broke his right little toe and didn't play Tuesday. Brooks, who is averaging 14.8 points, missed the three previous games because of a sore Achilles. Mehmet Okur missed his third straight game because of a sore lower back. DeShawn Stevenson didn't play because of a sore right knee.


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