George shows dominance of old in leading Pacers over the Heat

– Paul George, who missed almost all last season when he broke his right leg in a Team USA scrimmage, scored 36 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in leading the Indiana Pacers to a 90-87 victory over the Miami Heat on Friday night.

George capped his best performance of the early season by icing the game at the free throw line with 4.1 seconds left.

Chris Bosh led the Heat with 21 points and 11 rebounds. His 14 first-half points helped the Heat build a 13-point lead. But Indiana, led by its reserves, rallied for a 49-49 tie at halftime.

HIGHLIGHTS

•MILESTONE FOR LeBRON: LeBron James scored 31 points, including his 9,000th career basket, and Cleveland recorded its fifth straight victory, 108-102 over winless Philadelphia. James is the 20th player in NBA history — and fifth active — to record 9,000 baskets.

•FIRST VICTORY: Kobe Bryant scored 18 points, and the visiting Lakers beat the winless Nets 104-98 for their first win of the season.

•BURNED SUNS: Marcus Morris scored 20 points against his former team as the Pistons won 100-92 in Phoenix.

•HOT HAND: James Harden scored seven of his 43 points in the final minute for the Houston Rockets in a 116-110 victory at Sacramento.

•WIRE-TO-WIRE: John Hensen scored 22 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo had 20 to lift the Bucks to a 99-92 win over the host Knicks. The Bucks never trailed, opening a 14-point lead midway through the second quarter.

•CELTICS TURN IT ON: Isaiah Thomas had 16 points and eight assists and the Celtics ended a three-game losing streak by beating Washington 118-98.

•FROM DOWNTOWN: Kyle Korver scored 22 points, hitting all four of his three-pointers, and the Hawks won their sixth straight, 121-115 over the 0-5 Pelicans … Stephen Cury scored 34, making eight of 16 threes, as Golden State topped Denver 119-104 after leading by 30 at halftime.

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