Trans. Dec 7 8:11 ET (Dec 7 8:11 ET ) Paul George scored 28 points and the Indiana Pacers powered past San Antonio 111-100 Saturday night, snapping an 11-game skid against the Spurs. David West had 20 points and Lance Stephenson added 15. Roy Hibbert, former San Antonio guard George Hill, C.J. Watson and Luis Scola scored 12 points apiece. Kawhi Leonard scored 18 points, Manu Ginobili added 16, Tony Parker had 13 and Tim Duncan 10 for the Spurs, who have lost three of their last five.
CLEVELAND--The early bird gets the worm, Mike James is proving. Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau was reluctant to show his hand, but as of Saturday night's loss to the Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena, the 38-year-old veteran is the team's second-string point guard, supplanting Marquis Teague, who is 18 years his junior and was still a toddler when James, a native of Long Island, N.Y., was in college at Duquesne University. "Yeah, for now," Thibodeau admitted. James, who Thibodeau became familiar with when the pair crossed paths in Houston, had multiple abbreviated stints with the Bulls during the lockout-shortened 2011-12--a D-League call-up, he played behind John Lucas III when Rose and former understudy C.J. Watson had health issues--and after another tour of duty in the NBA's minor league, started the final 25 games of last season for Dallas, so this isn't completely unprecedented.
While most of the talk about Indiana this season has focused on the NBA's best defense, the Pacers have also displayed a well-balanced approach on offense. C.J. Watson is the latest player to provide Indiana with an offensive spark during the best start in franchise history. The league-leading Pacers will look to improve to 9-0 at home when they host the surging Washington Wizards on Friday night. Watson hit five 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and had a season-high 18 points to lead the Pacers (14-1) to their fifth straight win, 99-74 at Charlotte on Wednesday.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It was business as usual for the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night, and that pleased coach Frank Vogel immensely. The Pacers rolled to a 99-74 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats in a game that had all the earmarks of a typical Indiana victory. C.J. Watson came off the bench to score 18 points, hitting four 3-pointers in a 39-point fourth-quarter explosion, and the Pacers showed why they're the NBA's stingiest defense, holding the Bobcats to just 31.3 percent shooting from the field. The victory was the Pacers' fifth straight and moved them to 14-1, the best start in franchise history and the best record in the NBA.
C.J. Watson needed a night like this. The sixth-year NBA pro wasn't knocking down shots and didn't feel like much of a contributor this season for the Indiana Pacers. Watson hit five 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and finished with a season-high 18 points to help the Pacers to their fifth straight victory, a 99-74 win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night. He was 6 of 8 against the Bobcats.