Basketball - Pacers roll on with win over Magic

The Indiana Pacers followed up their easy victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers by beating the Orlando Magic 95-73.

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Indiana Pacers guard George Hill (3) talks with Pacers head coach Frank Vogel during the second half of their NBA basketball game versus the Orlando Magic (Reuters)

Pacers 95, Magic 73

Indiana has won two in a row after dropping two straight and four of its last six prior to the Cleveland game.

Swingman Paul George had 19 points and five rebounds for the Pacers. Gerald Green added 15 points off the bench for Indiana.

Arron Afflalo and Maurice Harkless had 10 points each for Orlando while Magic coach Jacque Vaughn was ejected after picking up two technicals in the second half.

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Bucks 102, Trail Blazers 95

Monta Ellis had 21 points, nine rebounds and eight assists as the Milwaukee Bucks squandered a big lead but held on for a 102-95 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Brandon Jennings, Ellis' backcourt mate, led the Bucks with 24 points and added seven assists. Samuel Dalembert had 16 points, and J.J. Redick finished with 14.

Wesley Matthews paced the Blazers with 28 points - 20 of them coming in the second half. He hit seven of 11 3-point attempts. LaMarcus Aldrige added 21 points and 15 rebounds.

Milwaukee (34-32) won its second in a row thanks to a 31-8 second quarter, highlighted by a 16-0 run that helped transform a four-point game after one quarter into a 27-point lead at the half.

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Nuggets 114, Thunder 104

Ty Lawson scored 25 points, and the Denver Nuggets defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 114-104 for their 13th consecutive victory.

The streak is the Nuggets' longest since a franchise-record 15-game run in the ABA in 1969-70.

Denver has beaten the defending Western Conference champions in three of four meetings this season.

The Nuggets (47-22) led by as many as 13 points in the second half before the Thunder cut the lead to 102-97 with less than four minutes left.

After getting a stop, Oklahoma City (50-18) had an opportunity to cut the deficit to three points or two on consecutive trips, but Kevin Durant was called for a charge, and Thabo Sefolosha missed a layup.

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