INDIANAPOLIS — Paul George scored 36 points and Lance Stephenson added 22 points and 12 rebounds, leading the Indiana Pacers past the Los Angeles Clippers, 106-92 on Saturday night.
Indiana (32-7) has won four straight, all by double digits, though missed a chance to win four in a row by 20 or more points for the first time in franchise history. The Pacers retained the league’s top record and improved to 21-1 at home before heading West for a five-game road trip.
Jamal Crawford scored 22 points for the Clippers, who had their five-game winning streak snapped. Blake Griffin had 19 points and DeAndre Jordan added 12 points and 17rebounds.
After falling behind 13-6 in the first 4½ minutes, the Pacers cracked down and gave up only 14 points over the next 14 minutes as they took a 45-27 lead. The Clippers never got closer than nine after that.
Indiana did all that despite David West getting ejected at halftime for a flagrant 2 call and with his backup, Luis Scola, and All-Star center Roy Hibbert watching the entire fourth quarter from the bench.
Pistons 104, Wizards 98
WASHINGTON — Josh Smith overcame a slow start to score 22 points and Rodney Stuckey added 20 as the Detroit Pistons beat the Washington Wizards.
Rodney Monroe had 12 points and 10 rebounds and Andre Drummond added 10 points and a game-high 13 boards as the Pistons outrebounded the Wizards 44-35.
John Wall scored 34 points, including Washington’s last 10, as the Wizards snapped a three-game winning streak and failed to move past .500 for the first time in more than four years. It was the third time this year they lost at home with a chance to get over the .500 mark.