NBA: Pacers beat Mavericks, Hornets sting Rockets

Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (13) drives as Dallas Mavericks guard Deron Williams (back) defends.
Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (13) drives as Dallas Mavericks guard Deron Williams (back) defends. PHOTO: REUTERS/ USA TODAY SPORTS

DALLAS (REUTERS) - Indiana star Paul George shook off a cold-shooting first half, George Hill knocked down three crucial three-pointers and three players with Dallas ties helped the Pacers knock off the struggling Mavericks 112-105 in a rare Saturday National Basketball Association (NBA) matinee.

The Pacers, who made their first 25 free throws and finished 27-of-29, never trailed in the second half, but Dallas sliced an 11-point deficit to 92-91 with 5min 28sec to go in the fourth period.

That is when Hill, who finished with 16 points, went around the horn, hitting three consecutive three-pointers, first from the corner, then straightaway and finally from the other corner.

In other NBA games on Saturday:

Hornets 125 Rockets 109: Kemba Walker scored 26 points and Marvin Williams added 25, and the Charlotte Hornets ran their winning streak to seven straight with a 125-109 victory over the Houston Rockets.

Walker bounced back from an off-night in a win over Detroit on Friday by hitting 11-of-16 of from the field with four three-pointers. He also had six assists and five rebounds.

Hawks 95 Grizzlies 83: Centre Al Horford and forward Paul Millsap combined for 38 points and 15 rebounds to help the Atlanta Hawks defeat the short-handed Memphis Grizzlies 95-83 and sweep the two-game season series.

Millsap scored 21 points on eight-for-16 shooting with seven rebounds and five assists. Horford scored 19 points on eight-for-12 shooting and added eight rebounds and two assists.

Raptors 112 Heat 104: DeMar DeRozan poured in a game-high 38 points as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Miami Heat 112-104 in overtime at Air Canada Centre.

DeRozan added 10 rebounds and seven assists for Toronto (44-20), which has won three straight and 15 of 16 at home.

Bucks 103 Pelicans 92: Khris Middleton scored 19 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo added 18 to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 103-92 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans at the Bradley Center.

After watching Antetokounmpo record three triple-doubles over the last month, Middleton spent the night flirting with one but fell just short, finishing with 10 rebounds and eight assists.