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Pistons blow 25-point lead against Pacers

03/15/2014, 11:32pm EDT
By ASSOCIATED PRESS

Detroit’s Josh Smith blocks a shot by Indiana’s Luis Scola as Greg Monroe, left, helps out.

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Paul George scored 30 points and the Indiana Pacers rallied from a 25-point second-quarter deficit to beat the Detroit Pistons 112-104 in overtime Saturday night.

Evan Turner added 20 points for the Pacers, and David West scored six of his 15 points in overtime. Indiana leads Miami by 3½ games in the race for the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

Josh Smith scored 23 points for the Pistons, who lost star center Andre Drummond in the first quarter to a neck injury. Drummond was able to walk off with some assistance, but he was expected to have further testing.

Detroit led 56-31 in the second quarter but couldn't hold on.

It was the second-biggest comeback victory in the NBA this season, according to STATS. Golden State rallied from 27 down against Toronto on Dec. 3.

George had eight rebounds and seven assists, although he missed a jumper from the left elbow that could have won the game at the end of regulation.

Drummond, Detroit's promising second-year center, left with 6:32 remaining in the first quarter. He appeared to be hit in the head inadvertently by the Pacers' Roy Hibbert during a scramble near the basket.

Drummond stayed down through an entire timeout, and a stretcher was eventually brought onto the court. But he was able to get up and walk off toward the tunnel with some assistance.

Even without him, Detroit dominated the first half. A putback dunk by Jonas Jerebko pushed the lead to 25, and it was 60-41 at halftime.

The Pacers started the second half with eight straight points, and George scored 14 points in the quarter. Detroit led 79-73 after three.

HAWKS 97, NUGGETS 92

ATLANTA — Paul Millsap had 24 points and 11 rebounds, Jeff Teague added 15 points and 10 assists and Atlanta Hawks rallied for their third straight win .

Kenneth Faried finished with 25 points and Wilson Chandler scored 12 for the Nuggets.

KNICKS 115, BUCKS 94

NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony scored 23 points, Tim Hardaway Jr. had 20, and the New York gained a season-high six straight victories.

Amare Stoudemire and J.R. Smith each scored 15 for the Knicks.

Nate Wolters scored 15 for Milwaukee.

GRIZZLIES 103, 76ERS 77

PHILADELPHIA — Mike Conley scored 19 points and Zach Randolph had 14 to lead the Memphis, sending Philadelphia to a franchise-tying 20th straight loss.

Michael Carter-Williams led the Sixers with 23 points.

WIZARDS 101, NETS 94

WASHINGTON — John Wall scored 33 points, Drew Gooden got 11 of his 21 in the final quarter and the Wizards overcame a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit t.

The Nets were led by Marcus Thornton's 19 points.

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