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The Indiana Pacers scored their second victory of the season over the Miami Heat, using a balanced attack to break down the defending champions’ vaunted defense in a 102-89 home win.
David West was the big star for the Pacers on Friday night at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse, scoring 30 points on 12-of-15 shooting and also hauling down seven rebounds and dishing out five assists.
Paul George also gave more proof of his emergence as an NBA star with 15 points, while guard Lance Stephenson notched an identical tally.
Miami’s do-it-all superstar LeBron James had another big night with 28 points, five rebounds and three assists but he got little help from his teammates.
The Pacers shot a highly efficient 56 percent from the field and outrebounded Miami 34-25.
With the win, the Pacers became the only team other than the New York Knicks to record two victories over the Heat this season - the other was an 87-77 triumph, also in Indianapolis - and improved their record to 28-19 and 18-3 at home.
The Heat fell to 29-14 but still hold the best record in the Eastern Conference.
In other NBA action Friday night, the Toronto Raptors routed the L.A. Clippers 98-73, the Detroit Pistons trounced the Cleveland Cavaliers 117-99, the New York Knicks topped the Milwaukee Bucks 96-86, the Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Sacramento Kings 89-80, and the Brooklyn Nets edged the Chicago Bulls 93-89.
The Boston Celtics defeated the Orlando Magic 97-84, the Memphis Grizzlies scored an 85-76 win over the Washington Wizards, and the Dallas Mavericks used a fourth-quarter spurt to beat the Phoenix Suns 109-99.
The Utah Jazz topped the Portland Trail Blazers 86-77, the Denver Nuggets routed the New Orleans Hornets 113-98 for their sixth straight win, and the Los Angeles Lakers rode a hot start to a comfortable 111-100 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.