George Hill scored 22 points and the Indiana Pacers ran their winning streak to a season-high four games with a 97-91 decision over the Phoenix Suns at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Hill went 9- of-13 from the field to lead five Indiana players in double figures, and the Pacers bounced back after squandering a 16-point third-quarter advantage to record their fourth consecutive victory at home as well. David West netted eight of his 14 points in the fourth quarter to help Indiana prevail, while Paul George added 15 points and Roy Hibbert pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds in the triumph. Sebastian Telfair, starting in place of an injured Goran Dragic, registered a season-best 19 points -- 13 of which came after halftime -- to spur Phoenix's near-comeback. The Suns ultimately came up short, however, and were dealt their fourth straight defeat and seventh road setback in a row. Marcin Gortat finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds in a losing cause.
Final Score: Washington 105, Orlando 97
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Jordan Crawford led five Washington players in double figures with 27 points, as the Wizards downed the Orlando Magic, 105-97, on Friday at Verizon Center. Nene added a season-high 23 points and 11 rebounds and Kevin Seraphin chipped in with 17 points and six boards for the Wizards, who snapped an eight-game losing streak. Garrett Temple and Bradley Beal finished with 13 and 11 points, respectively, in the win. Arron Afflalo had 26 points and J.J. Redick chipped in with 23 for the Magic, who have dropped four straight. Jameer Nelson had 16 points, eight assists and three rebounds in the setback.
Final Score: Brooklyn 97, Charlotte 81
Brooklyn, NY (Sports Network) - Brook Lopez posted a double-double with 26 points and 11 rebounds as the Brooklyn Nets pounded the Charlotte Bobcats, 97-81, in the debut of interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo at the Barclays Center. Former coach Avery Johnson was relieved of his duties on Thursday afternoon after Brooklyn went into a 3-10 skid in December following an 11-4 start to the season, which earned him the Eastern Conference Coach of the Month award for November. Deron Williams added 19 points and Joe Johnson followed with 16 in the victory. Hakim Warrick paced the Bobcats with 13 points, while Ramon Sessions and Ben Gordon recorded 12 and 10 points, respectively, in Charlotte's 17th straight defeat since a double-overtime victory over the Washington Wizards on Nov. 24.
Final Score: Atlanta 102, Cleveland 94
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Jeff Teague posted 27 points and eight assists as the Atlanta Hawks took a 102-94 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday. Louis Williams scored 16 points with five rebounds, while Al Horford gave 14 points and 11 boards for the Hawks, who have won three straight. Kyrie Irving had a game-high 28 points along with six rebounds and five assists for the Cavaliers, who had their first two-game winning streak of the season snapped. Dion Waiters donated 18 points and six rebounds in the loss.
Final Score: Detroit 109, Miami 99
Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) - Will Bynum dropped in 25 points on 10- of-16 shooting to go with 10 assists as the Detroit Pistons knocked off the Miami Heat, 109-99, at the Palace of Auburn Hills on Friday. Charlie Villanueva netted 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting and pulled down six boards, while rookie Kyle Singler added 12 points and five boards for the Pistons, who have won three of their last four. Austin Daye hit 4-of-5 shots from the floor for 11 points and Tayshaun Prince also donated 11 points to the victory. LeBron James scored a game-high 35 points with six rebounds, five assists and six steals for Miami, which had a seven-game winning streak against the Pistons broken. Chris Bosh added 28 points and nine boards in the loss. The defending champions played without star guard Dwyane Wade, who was suspended for striking Charlotte Bobcats guard Ramon Sessions in the groin during Wednesday's 105-92 victory.
Final Score: Toronto 104, New Orleans 97 (OT)
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - DeMar DeRozan poured in a game-high 30 points on Friday, as the Toronto Raptors outlasted the New Orleans Hornets, 104-97, in overtime at New Orleans Arena. Kyle Lowry returned from a seven- game absence and finished with 17 points and eight assists, while Alan Anderson followed with 16 points for the Raptors, who have won six of their last seven. Greivis Vasquez finished a rebound shy of a triple-double, tallying 20 points, 14 assists and nine boards in the setback, New Orleans' 12th in its last 13 games. Rookie Anthony Davis donated 25 points and nine boards and Ryan Anderson added 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Hornets, who snapped an 11-game losing streak with Wednesday's win over Orlando.
Final Score: Denver 106, Dallas 85
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Danilo Gallinari connected on 7-of-11 shots from beyond the arc en route to career-high 39 points and the Denver Nuggets clobbered the Dallas Mavericks, 106-85, on Friday. Overall, Gallinari shot 14- of-23 and grabbed eight rebounds, while Andre Iguodala netted 20 points to go along with eight boards in the Nuggets' sixth win in eight games. Kenneth Faried added 11 points and 19 rebounds in the victory. O.J. Mayo scored 15 points to lead the Mavericks, who have lost five in a row and eight of their last nine games. Darren Collison, Vince Carter and Brandan Wright scored 10 points apiece in defeat.
Final Score: San Antonio 122, Houston 116
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) - Tony Parker posted 31 points, 10 assists and five rebounds as the San Antonio Spurs out-gunned the Houston Rockets, 122-116, on Friday. Tim Duncan scored 30 points while Manu Ginobili added 23 for the Spurs, who are now 8-0 at home in December. Danny Green gave 17 points and five boards in the win. James Harden scored a game-high 33 points along with seven assists and five rebounds for the Rockets, who saw their season- high five-game winning streak snapped. Chandler Parsons gave 24 points and eight boards in the loss.