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NBA roundup — March 15

Associated Press

Pacers 112, Pistons 104

Paul George scored 30 points and Indiana rallied from a 25-point second-quarter deficit to beat host Detroit in overtime Saturday night.

Evan Turner added 20 points for the Pacers, and David West scored six of his 15 points in overtime. Indiana leads Miami by 3½ games in the race for the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

Josh Smith scored 23 points for the Pistons, who lost center Andre Drummond in the first quarter to a neck injury.

Detroit led 56-31 in the second quarter but couldn’t hold on.

It was the second-biggest comeback victory in the NBA this season, according to STATS. Golden State rallied from 27 down against Toronto on Dec. 3.

Knicks 115, Bucks 94

Carmelo Anthony scored 23 points, Tim Hardaway Jr. had 20 and host New York beat Milwaukee, giving the Knicks a season-high six straight victories as they prepare to welcome Phil Jackson back to the franchise.

Amare Stoudemire and J.R. Smith each scored 15 for the Knicks, who easily ended their daytime woes by pounding the team with the NBA’s worst record.

New York began the day 3½ games behind Atlanta for the final postseason spot in the Eastern Conference. But the playoff push has taken a backseat to the news that Jackson was coming in to run the Knicks’ front office. The Knicks will introduce the 11-time champion as a coach at a news conference Tuesday.

Nate Wolters scored 15 for the Bucks, who lost their third straight.

Wizards 101, Nets 94

John Wall scored 33 points, Drew Gooden got 11 of his 21 in the final quarter and host Washington overcame a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit for a win over Brooklyn.

Gooden’s 3-pointer broke a 94-94 tie with 2:37 left. Trevor Ariza then scored off an offensive rebound with 44 seconds left and Wall capped it with dunk.

The Nets, who went the final 6:22 without a field goal, were led by Marcus Thornton’s 19 points. Joe Johnson had 16 and Paul Pierce had 15.

Washington completed a sweep of the season series (3-0) and moved ahead of Brooklyn for fifth place in the Eastern Conference.

Trailing 82-72 early in the fourth, the Wizards went on a 15-4 run keyed by Gooden (8-of-11 from the field) and Al Harrington.

Grizzlies 103, 76ers 77

The 76ers had a loss for the record book.

Mike Conley scored 19 points and Zach Randolph had 14 to lead visiting Memphis to a win, sending Philadelphia to a franchise-tying 20th straight loss.

The 76ers can set the team mark with a loss Monday night at Indiana.

The 76ers also lost 20 straight games from Jan. 9, 1973, to Feb. 11, 1973, in a 9-73 season. The NBA record for consecutive losses in a season is 26 by the 2010-11 Cavaliers.

That mark just may be next: The Sixers (15-51) play only one team over the next six games with a losing record, the Knicks on Friday, and they are on a six-game winning streak.

Michael Carter-Williams led the 76ers with 23 points and Thaddeus Young had 20.

Hawks 97, Nuggets 92

Paul Millsap had 24 points and 11 rebounds, Jeff Teague added 15 points and 10 assists and host Atlanta rallied for its third straight win with a victory over Denver.

Kenneth Faried had 25 points and Wilson Chandler had 12 for the Nuggets.

Kyle Korver, who hit two free throws in the closing seconds to make it 96-92, scored 18 points and Pero Antic added 16 for Atlanta.

Ty Lawson, Denver’s leading scorer this season, handed out 11 assists, but went 0-for-12 from the field and finished with two points.


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