Indianapolis, Ind. — Chris Paul scored 29 points, handed out eight assists and stymied Indiana’s late comeback to help the Los Angeles Clippers hand the surging Pacers a rare 99-91 home loss.
The Pacers had won five straight by an average of 24 points and last suffered a regulation defeat at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Dec. 7 against the Nuggets.
Jamal Crawford scored 23 points while Blake Griffin added 18 with 14 rebounds for LA, which has already clinched back-to-back winning seasons.
George scored eight of his 20 points in the final 5:22, but Indiana, which was playing without suspended center Roy Hibbert, still came up short. David West and Lance Stephenson checked in with 22 and 16 points, respectively.
Chicago 93, Philadelphia 82
Chicago, Ill. — Joakim Noah registered his third-career triple- double with 23 points, 21 rebounds and 11 blocked shots to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 93-82 win over the reeling Philadelphia 76ers at United Center.
Carlos Boozer added 21 points and 12 boards, while Luol Deng finished with 12 points, eight rebounds and four assists for the Bulls, who had dropped their last three games at home entering the contest.
Jrue Holiday scored 22 points on 10-of-18 shooting from the floor and Spencer Hawes added 20 points and 15 rebounds for the Sixers, who have dropped a season-high seven straight.
LA Lakers 116, Minnesota 94
Los Angeles, Calif. — Kobe Bryant scored 33 points in three quarters and the Los Angeles Lakers continued the NBA’s longest active winning streak over on opponent with a 116-94 rout of the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Lakers have won 21 straight against Minnesota and 13 in a row at Staples Center. They used an efficient night from Bryant, five other double-digit scorers and 16 3-pointers to keep their dominance going. Antawn Jamison had 17 points and eight rebounds, while fellow reserves Jodie Meeks and Steve Blake chipped in 16 and 13 points, respectively.
J.J. Barea paced Minnesota with 20 points, but it wasn’t enough to snap the club’s three-game slide. Luke Ridnour added 19 points, and Ricky Rubio totaled 13 points, 13 assists and eight boards in the setback.