Pacers 98, Timberwolves 84
George Hill scored a season-high 26 points, and Paul George had 11 of his 26 points during the decisive run Monday, leading the host Pacers to a victory over Minnesota.
Indiana, which has won four games in a row since losing at Chicago, is 13-1 for the first time in franchise history and remained perfect in eight home games this season.
And the NBA’s hottest team won this game with the same script they’ve been using all season — a strong defense.
The Timberwolves (8-8) shot just 32.6 percent from the field and were held to a season-low point total.
Celtics 96, Bobcats 86
Jordan Crawford had 21 points, reserve Gerald Wallace added a season-high 17 points and the visiting Boston Celtics beat the Charlotte Bobcats for their second consecutive victory.
Crawford was 5-of-11 from the field and had five assists as the Celtics avenged an 89-83 loss to the Bobcats on Nov. 13.
The 31-year-old Wallace, who played for the Bobcats from 2004-11, was 6-of-10 from the field.
Brandon Bass scored 16 points and Phil Pressley had a career-high eight assists for Boston (6-10).
Kemba Walker had 28 points to lead the Bobcats.
Heat 107, Suns 92
LeBron James scored 35 points on only 14 shots from the field, Dwyane Wade added 21 points and 12 assists and the host Miami Heat won their seventh straight game, beating the Phoenix Suns.
Ray Allen scored 17 points and Chris Andersen added an 11-point, seven-rebound night for the Heat, who have won 10 out of 11 since their 1-2 start.
Channing Frye led a balanced attack with 16 points for the Suns, who have dropped five of their last seven.
Goran Dragic scored 14, Marcus Morris had 13, Markieff Morris and Gerald Green each added 12 and PJ Tucker finished with 10 for Phoenix.
Rockets 93, Grizzlies 86
Chandler Parsons scored 17 points, Omri Casspi added 16 and the Houston Rockets overcame a double-digit deficit to beat the host Memphis Grizzlies.
Houston (10-5) trailed for most of the night and its 93 points were a season low.
However, the Rockets made a 14-2 run early in the fourth quarter, pushing ahead 67-65 on two free throws by Casspi with 8:26 remaining.
Pistons 113, Bucks 94
Brandon Jennings made four consecutive 3-pointers in the first quarter against his former team, and the Detroit Pistons overwhelmed Milwaukee with a dazzling first half in a victory over the visiting Bucks.
Jennings was traded from Milwaukee to Detroit last offseason after four seasons with the Bucks. He hadn’t been shooting well for the Pistons, but that changed right away Monday, when he led Detroit on a 21-0 run toward the end of the first quarter.
Jennings finished with 15 points and 13 assists. Brandon Knight, who went from Detroit to Milwaukee in the trade, scored eight points.
The Bucks have lost nine straight.