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Posted on Tue. Mar. 19, 2013 - 12:32 am EDT


Pacers led by unexpected pair

CLEVELAND — Indiana coach Frank Vogel wasn’t in a good mood before Monday’s game against Cleveland, and it was easy to see why.

Not only had the Pacers dropped two in a row, including a loss to lowly Philadelphia on Sunday, Vogel was going to be without forward David West, who missed the game with a back injury.

Thanks to a balanced attack, Vogel felt much better about things a few hours later. Gerald Green scored 20 points and Tyler Hansbrough, starting in place of West, had 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Pacers to a 111-90 victory.

West was out with a sprained lower back sustained against the 76ers, but the Pacers dominated without their second-leading scorer. Green scored 13 points in the second quarter and Hansbrough, making just his second start of the season, led a balanced attack.

Paul George scored 14 points while Roy Hibbert added 12 as the Pacers avoided losing three in a row for the third time this season.

“This was a great team win,” Vogel said. “Tyler is a starter in this league. Obviously, we got a big, big lift from Gerald Green.”

NUGGETS 119, BULLS 118, OT: In Chicago, Andre Iguodala’s three-pointer with 7.1 seconds left in overtime sent Denver to its 12th consecutive win.

Reserve Wilson Chandler led the Nuggets with 35 points, Corey Brewer added 16 and Ty Lawson 13.

Iguodala finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Andre Miller had 13 assists.

Nate Robinson scored 34 points for Chicago, which lost for the seventh time in 11 games. Luol Deng added 21 points, Marco Belinelli scored 18, and Joakim Noah had 12 rebounds and 14 points.

BOBCATS 119, WIZARDS 114: In Charlotte, N.C., Gerald Henderson had 27 points, Kemba Walker came up big late and Charlotte snapped Washington’s three-game win streak.

Walker scored nine of his 18 points in the final three minutes, shot 8 of 14 and had seven assists.

NETS 119, PISTONS 82: In Auburn Hills, Mich., Deron Williams scored 31 points in 28 minutes, and Brooklyn rolled in the opener of their eight-game road trip.

Pistons coach Lawrence Frank returned after missing six games to be with his seriously ill wife. Frank is planning to return to New Jersey before Detroit plays Friday in Miami.

76ERS 101, TRAIL BLAZERS 100: In Philadelphia, Spencer Hawes had 18 points and 13 rebounds, and Jrue Holiday scored 27 points to lead Philadelphia.

MAVERICKS 127, HAWKS 113: In Atlanta, Darren Collison scored 24 points and hot-shooting Dallas set season highs for points in a half and a game.

Dirk Nowitzki had 22 points for the Mavericks.

WARRIORS 93, HORNETS 72: In New Orleans, Stephen Curry scored 30 points and Golden State won for the second straight night.

GRIZZLIES 92, TIMBERWOLVES 77: In Memphis, Tenn., Mike Conley had 20 points and six assists and Memphis snapped a two-game losing streak.

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