Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Paul George did a little bit of everything Thursday, totaling 24 points, 11 rebounds, six steals and five assists as the Indiana Pacers took advantage of Carmelo Anthony's absence in an 81-76 victory over the New York Knicks at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Ian Mahinmi was the only other Indiana player who finished in double figures, adding 13 points off the bench in the club's third straight win and fifth in six games. The Pacers held the Knicks to 26 points below their average two days after limiting the reigning NBA-champion Miami Heat to 77 points. Anthony was serving a one- game ban handed down by the league for confronting Boston's Kevin Garnett following Monday's loss against the Celtics. Without the league's second leading scorer, New York shot 35 percent from the field to drop back-to-back games for just the third time this season. J.R. Smith scored a game-high 25 points, while Tyson Chandler added 12 points and 15 rebounds in the setback.
Final Score: Dallas 117, Sacramento 112 (OT)
Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) - O.J. Mayo had 24 points, 10 rebounds and five assists to give Dallas a 117-112 overtime win against Sacramento on Thursday. Vince Carter scored 23 points and added five rebounds while Shawn Marion posted 19 points with 10 rebounds for the Mavericks, who snapped a four-game slide. DeMarcus Cousins scored 29 points and added nine rebounds for the Kings, who have dropped their past three games. Tyreke Evans had 20 points and seven boards off the bench in the loss.
Final Score: Portland 92, Miami 90
Portland, OR (Sports Network) - Although they were outplayed for most of the night, the Portland Trail Blazers kept their home winning streak intact. Wesley Matthews nailed a pair of 3-pointers in the final minute, including the go-ahead triple with 26.9 seconds left in the Trail Blazers' 92-90 win over the Miami Heat. It was Portland's ninth straight home win. Nicolas Batum had 28 points, seven rebounds and five assists for Portland, which hasn't dropped a home decision since Dec. 8 against the Sacramento Kings. LeBron James finished with just 15 points, the first time all season he's been held below the 20-point barrier. James was 12 games away from matching the most consecutive 20-point games to start a season since the NBA-ABA merger at 45, held by George Gervin in 1981-82. Chris Bosh netted 29 points to lead the Heat, who have dropped three of their last four games.