Paul George scored 27 points to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 125-91 victory against the visiting New York Knicks, who have lost three straight, in a National Basketball Association game.
The loss dropped the Knicks’ (32-19) lead atop the Eastern Conference’s Atlantic Division to one game over the Brooklyn Nets (33-22), who rallied to beat the host Milwaukee Bucks 97-94 last night. The Pacers (33-21) lead the Central Division and now are within a half-game of the Knicks for the second-best record in the conference.
David West had 18 points and Lance Stephenson added 14 for the Pacers, who had a 74-44 halftime lead at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
The Pacers hit 53 percent of their shots and went 11-for-24 on 3-pointers, while holding the Knicks to 34 percent shooting and 5-of-28 on 3-pointers. Indiana had its season high in points and its largest margin of victory this season.
Tyson Chandler had 19 points and 11 rebounds for New York. Carmelo Anthony added 15 points on 7-for-21 shooting and reserve Chris Copeland contributed 13 for the Knicks, who suffered their most lopsided loss of the season.
Nets guard Deron Williams scored 23 points to help Brooklyn overcome a 54-42 halftime deficit and earn its fourth straight victory. The visitors started the fourth quarter with an 11-0 run and outscored the Bucks 29-18 in that period.
Reserve C.J. Watson added 17 points and Andray Blatche had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Nets at BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee. Brandon Jennings had 31 points and Monta Ellis scored 14 for the Bucks.