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INDIANAPOLIS -- Roy Hibbert threw all the inside body jabs Tuesday night. Paul George finished it off with the knockout blow.
Together, the Pacers' devastating one-two scoring punch did it again to the champs.
Hibbert finished with 24 points, George made two big 3-pointers during a 15-point second half scoring spree and Indiana rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit to take Round 1 against Miami 90-84.
LOS ANGELES -- Goran Dragic scored 31 points and the Phoenix Suns beat the Lakers 114-108 on Tuesday night, keeping Los Angeles winless with Kobe Bryant back in the lineup.
Bryant led the Lakers with 20 points while playing 29 mostly sharp minutes in his second game back from a nearly eight-month absence with a torn Achilles tendon. He led a fourth-quarter rally by the Lakers, who got within four points with 3 minutes left before Phoenix held on for its first three-game winning streak of the season.
Marcus Morris scored 22 points and Eric Bledsoe had 18 points and nine assists for the surprising Suns, who never trailed after the opening minutes. Phoenix held off the Lakers with superb fourth-quarter play from both Morris brothers. Markieff Morris added 15 points.
CHICAGO -- John Henson cracked a smile as he headed down the court after his desperate turnaround splashed through the net.
It was that kind of night for Milwaukee.
Henson had 25 points, 14 rebounds and six blocked shots, and the Bucks beat the Chicago Bulls 78-74 on Tuesday in a matchup of slumping teams racked by injuries.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The Detroit Pistons are building their franchise around a talented frontcourt.
On Tuesday night, the Minnesota Timberwolves gave them some tips on how that's done.
Kevin Love had 26 points and 16 rebounds, while Corey Brewer and Nikola Pekovic combined for 29 points as the Timberwolves routed the Pistons 121-94. The Timberwolves didn't dominate inside, matching Detroit's 44 points in the paint, but the Pistons struggle to win games if they don't have a major advantage in the post.
NEW YORK -- For Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, seeing Deron Williams back far outweighed seeing the Celtics again.
Williams scored a season-high 25 points in his return to the lineup, Brook Lopez added 24, and the Brooklyn Nets beat Boston 104-96 Tuesday night in the first matchup for Pierce and Garnett against their former team.
"D-Will set the tone for how we were going to play tonight," Garnett said.
ATLANTA -- Kevin Durant scored 30 points. As usual, there was so much more to his performance.
Dominating at both ends of the court, Durant led the Oklahoma City Thunder to their 11th win in 12 games, holding off the Atlanta Hawks 101-92 Tuesday night.
Shelvin Mack scored a career-high 17 points off the bench to lead an Atlanta comeback that had the sparse crowd roaring.
TORONTO -- Tony Parker praised "the usual guys" on San Antonio's bench for their role in beating the Toronto Raptors, then singled out Australian big man Aron Baynes for special attention.
Baynes scored a career-high 14 points, Manu Ginobili had 16 and the Spurs beat the Raptors 116-103 on Tuesday night.
Jeff Ayers made the first start of his Spurs career in place of injured center Tiago Splitter, but it was Baynes whose contribution proved most vital to San Antonio's sixth straight victory against Toronto.
CLEVELAND -- His arms folded across his chest, New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson watched helplessly as three Cleveland players streaked past him on the way to an uncontested layup.
Woodson couldn't stop the Cavaliers.
Right now, he can't do much about his sinking Knicks either.
LOS ANGELES -- The Clippers signed free agent forward Stephen Jackson, the team announced Tuesday.
Jackson spent last season with the San Antonio Spurs where he averaged 6.2 points 2.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 19.5 minutes per game in 55 games for the Spurs. Jackson was waived by the Spurs on April 27 before the end of the season.
Injuries to J.J. Redick, Matt Barnes and Reggie Bullock over the past couple weeks forced the Clippers to look at options in the free agent market over the weekend and Jackson was the first name they targeted.
After seeing their two-game streak snapped, the Meralco Bolts will try to get their PLDT MyDSL Philippine Cup campaign back on track when they take on the San Mig Coffee Mixers on Wednesday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
The Bolts-Mixers duel tips off at 8 p.m. live on TV5 after the opening match between Petron and Air 21 at 5:45, which will air live over AksyonTV.
Meralco was coming off two impressive victories over Ginebra and Air 21 before being ambushed by the GlobalPort Batang Pier last Friday. The Bolts will face a San Mig Coffee squad struggling to get out from near the bottom of the standings with a 1-4 win-loss record.