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HOUSTON---Houston s big third
quarter turned a close game into
a blowout 112-86 win over Indi-
ana on Friday, dropping the Pac-
ers into a tie for the overall NBA
lead after having long been out
in front on their own.
The Pacers fell to a 46-16 record,
level with Western Conference
leader Oklahoma City.
Among the day s other key
games, Dallas blew a 30-point lead
but recovered to edge Portland,
Memphis relied on its stout defense
to beat Chicago, and Golden State
returned home with a victory over
Houston s James Harden fin-
ished with 28 points, 16 of which
came in the Rockets 38-point third
quarter, which turned a three-
point lead into a 29-point advan-
tage. He also got into a fight with
Evan Turner that resulted in both
players receiving technical fouls.
Harden and Dwight Howard
went to the bench for the fourth
period and watched their team-
mates wrap up Houston s fourth
consecutive win, moving within
2-1/2 games of Southwest Division
leader San Antonio.
David West had 15 points and
ten rebounds for the Eastern Con-
ference-leading Pacers, losers of
three straight for the first time this
Dallas Devin Harris hit the go-
ahead shot in the final minute to
give the Mavericks a 103-98 win
Dirk Nowitzki scored 22 points
for Dallas, which only just avoided
tying an unwanted franchise record
for their biggest blown lead, having
led 44-14 before falling behind in
the third quarter.
LaMarcus Aldridge finished
with 30 points for the Trail Blazers,
including 18 in the third quarter.
Aldridge also grabbed 17 rebounds.
Memphis Marc Gasol had 18
points and 10 rebounds as the
Grizzlies beat Chicago 85-77.
Mike Miller made four three-
pointers and finished with 14
points for the Grizzlies, who pre-
vented the Bulls scoring over the
Taj Gibson had 18 points for
Chicago, which had won ten of
12.Golden State returned home
after a six-game road trip and beat
David Lee had 18 points and six
rebounds while reserve Jermaine
O Neal added 17 points and eight
rebounds for the Warriors, who
led by 20 points in the fourth
quarter before easing up.
Paul Millsap had 16 points and
seven rebounds after missing the
previous five games because of a
bruised knee for the Hawks, who
have lost five straight.
Toronto beat Sacramento 99-
87, spoiling the return of former
Raptor Rudy Ray.
Gay had 15 points for the Kings,
who acquired him in December.
The game marked his first trip
Terrence Ross scored 18 points
while DeMar DeRozan scored 15
points for Toronto.
DeMarcus Cousins topped
Sacramento with 24 points.
Minnesota s Kevin Love had 28
points, 14 rebounds and five assists
to lead the Timberwolves to a 114-
101 win over Detroit.
Kevin Martin scored 24 points
for the Timberwolves, who are
trying to mount a push for the
Western Conference playoffs.
Greg Monroe had 20 points and
15 rebounds for the Pistons, who
shot 40 per cent.
Charlotte won its sixth-straight
home game, beating Cleveland
101-92, with Al Jefferson scoring
Boston s Rajon Rondo scored
20 points and the Celtics domi-
nated the boards to beat Brooklyn
91-84 and stop the Nets four-
game winning streak.
Denver s Kenneth Faried scored
a career-high 32 points to lead the
Nuggets to a 134-126 victory over
the Los Angeles Lakers.
New York s Carmelo Anthony
scored 18 of his 29 points in the
first quarter, setting up the Knicks
for a 108-81 stroll over Utah.
New Orleans beat struggling
Milwaukee 112-104, with Anthony
Davis had 29 points and 14
Celtics 91, Nets 84
Mavericks 103, Trail Blazers 98
Rockets 112, Pacers 86
Bobcats 101, Cavaliers 92
Grizzlies 85, Bulls 77
Warriors 111, Hawks 97
Timberwolves 114, Pistons 101
Raptors 99, Kings 87
Knicks 108, Jazz 81
Pelicans 112, Bucks 104
Nuggets 134, Lakers 126
Rockets victory drop
Pacers into tie for lead
Houston Rockets' James Harden (13) screams after hitting a three-point shot as
Indiana Pacers' Lance Stephenson (1) looks off in the second half of an NBA
basketball game Friday night in Houston. Rockets won 112-86. AP PHOTO
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