NEW YORK (Sporting Alert) — The Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers and scored wins, but the Miami Heat and Portland Trail Blazers suffered defeats on Monday. NBA scores, results, records and NBA standings on Jan. 20.
On a busy of day action on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Indiana (33-7) beat the Golden State Warriors (26-17), 102-94, with Paul George leading the way with 23 points, David West had 17, Roy Hibbert grabbing 14 points and 13 rebounds and Lance Stephenson finishing with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
For Golden State, Stephen Curry had 24 points and nine assists, with David Lee adding 20 points and 12 rebounds in the defeat.
The victory saw the Pacers picking up their fifth straight win, while moving 4 1/2 games ahead of Eastern Conference rivals Miami Heat (29-12) who were beaten 121-114 by the Atlanta Hawks, in the NBA standings.
In the Miami-Atlanta game, Paul Millsap scored 26 points, DeMarre Carroll had 19 and Pero Antic contributed 17 for the Hawks (21-1) in the victory, as the hosts ended a nine-game losing streak against the Heat.
LeBron James scored 30 points, Chris Bosh had 21 points and Mario Chalmers got 17 for Miami, who was again without star guard Dwyane Wade.
In other NBA scores on Monday, the Los Angeles Clippers (29-14) beat the Detroit Pistons, 112-103, with Jamal Crawford scoring 26 points, Blake Griffin adding 25 points and DeAndre Jordan ending with 21 rebounds and 16 points.
J.J. Redick also contributed heavily with 20 points for the LA Clippers, who continue to impress without the injured All-Star point guard Chris Paul.
Rodney Stuckey led the way for the Pistons with 29 points and Josh Smith added 24 points in the defeat.
Elsewhere, the Brooklyn Nets (17-22) scored a 103-80 victory over the New York Knicks (15-26) at Madison Square Garden.
The on form Joe Johnson scored 25 points, Andray Blatche had 19 points and 12 rebounds, Alan Anderson added 15 points and Deron Williams returned to action for the first time since Jan. 5th and scored 13 points off the bench for the Nets.
“It’s been fun. We want it to keep going, so we’re going to keep working hard,” Johnson said.
“We know why we’ve won seven of the last eight, so we’re just going to keep working hard, keep playing together.”
Carmelo Anthony had 26 points and 12 rebounds for the Knicks, which dropped their fourth straight game.
A frustrated Anthony says the Knicks’ current problems are beyond him.
“It’s tough. It’s a tough situation,” Anthony said. “Like I’ve said, I never dealt with something like this before.”
NOTE: Meanwhile, Indiana also has the best record in the NBA thus far, with the Western Conference giants San Antonio Spurs (32-9) next to them in the NBA standings.
NBA Scores and Records on Jan. 20
Indiana Pacers 102 (33-7), Golden State Warriors 94 (26-17)
Houston Rockets 126 (28-15), Portland Trail Blazers 113 (31-10)
Los Angeles Clippers 112 (29-14), Detroit Pistons 103 (17-24)
Atlanta Hawks 121 (21-19), Miami Heat 114 (29-12)
Dallas Mavericks 102 (25-18), Cleveland Cavaliers 97 (15-26)
Chicago Bulls 102 (20-20), Los Angeles Lakers 100 (16-26) OT
Washington Wizards 107 (20-20), Philadelphia 76ers 99 (13-28)
Charlotte Bobcats 100 (18-25), Toronto Raptors 95 (20-20)
New Orleans Pelicans 95 (16-24), Memphis Grizzlies 92 (20-20)
Brooklyn Nets 103 (17-22), New York Knicks 80 (15-26)