INDIANAPOLIS — Paul George scored 12 of his 20 points in the third quarter, Evan Turner had 13 points in his Pacers debut, and Indiana beat the Los Angeles Lakers 118-98 on Tuesday night.
Indiana improved its league-leading record to 43-13.
Kent Bazemore finished with a career-high 23 points and Jodie Meeks added 15 for the Lakers (19-38), who have the worst record in the West. The loss also ended Los Angeles’ three-game winning streak at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The Lakers stayed closer than expected through the first 2 ½ quarters and trailed just 59-58 early in the third.
But George then scored 10 points in a decisive 14-5 spurt that gave Indiana an 80-68 lead with 2:58 to go in the period.
Wizards 115, Magic 105
WASHINGTON — John Wall scored 27 points, and the must-make-playoffs Washington Wizards survived their first game after Nene’s latest injury, beating road-hapless Orlando.
Trevor Ariza added 22 points and hit all five of his 3-point attempts, and Marcin Gortat had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Wizards, who made 10 of 16 3-pointers and have won a season-high four in a row to move one game above .500. They also improved to 2-6 this season without Nene, who sprained the MCL in his left knee Sunday in a 96-83 win at Cleveland.
Victor Oladipo scored 26 points for the Magic, who tied a single-season franchise record by losing their 16th consecutive road game. They remain without leading scorer Arron Afflalo, who missed his second game with a sprained right ankle.
Raptors 99, Cavaliers 93
CLEVELAND — DeMar DeRozan scored 16 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter, and Toronto won for the sixth time in seven games with a victory over injury-riddled Cleveland.
Terrence Ross hit a 3-pointer with 3:02 remaining to put Toronto ahead 90-89. DeRozan dunked on a baseline drive and added two free throws to give the Raptors a 94-91 lead with 1:23 remaining. The All-Star hit three more free throws in the final 27 seconds to put away the game.
Kyrie Irving, who played 45 minutes and the entire second half because of Cleveland’s depleted roster, scored 25 points and had nine assists. Cleveland has lost three straight after winning six in a row and fell 5 ½ games out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.