NBA: Third-quarter run sparks Hawks to win over Pacers, Cavaliers rout Clippers in LA

Jeff Teague (right) of the Atlanta Hawks shoots against Monta Ellis of the Indiana Pacers.
Jeff Teague (right) of the Atlanta Hawks shoots against Monta Ellis of the Indiana Pacers.PHOTO: AFP

ATLANTA (REUTERS) - The Atlanta Hawks earned a split of the four-game season series against Indiana by continuing their home dominance of the Pacers in the National Basketball Association on Sunday night.

The Hawks closed the third quarter on a 30-5 run to make the game a rout and rolled to a 104-75 victory for their 16th win in the past 17 regular-season home games against Indiana.

In other NBA games:

Jazz 108 Kings 99: Derrick Favors had 28 points and 14 rebounds, Gordon Hayward added 27 points and the Utah Jazz defeated the Sacramento Kings 108-99 on Sunday.

Utah (31-35) won their second straight game and moved to within two games of Dallas and Houston, who are tied for seventh in the Western Conference playoff race.

Cavaliers 114 Clippers 90: LeBron James scored 27 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers crushed the Los Angeles Clippers 114-90 Sunday at Staples Center.

J.R. Smith, who hit five three-pointers, and Kyrie Irvine added 17 points apiece for the Cavaliers (47-18), who won their third straight and sixth win in seven games. They also swept the season series. The Cavaliers posted a 115-102 victory on Jan 21 at Cleveland.