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Indiana Pacers stretch lead in Eastern Conference

Indiana Pacers stretch lead in Eastern Conference

BALLIN': Miami Heat forward Chris Andersen, second from left, Indiana Pacers forward Paul George, left, center Roy Hibbert (55) and guard Lance Stephenson go for a loose rebound in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Dec. 10. Photo: Associated Press/Michael Conroy

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Pacers have stretched their lead in the NBA’s Eastern Conference by knocking off the No. 2 team.

Paul George scored 15 of his 17 points while the Pacers were turning a seven-point, halftime deficit into a 90-84 victory over Miami.

Roy Hibbert finished with a team-high 24 points as Indiana improved to a league-best 19-3 and moved three games ahead of the Heat.

The San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder remain tied for second in the NBA’s Western Conference, one game behind Portland.

Manu Ginobili scored 16 points and Tony Parker added 15 in the Spurs’ 116-103 downing of the Raptors. Kevin Durant scored 30 points in the Thunder’s 11th victory in 12 games, a 101-92 win over the Hawks in Atlanta.

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UCLA grinds out victory over Washington State

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UCLA coach Steve Alford gestures during the second half of his team's NCAA college basketball game against Oregon State, Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Los Angeles. UCLA won 74-69.

UCLA grinded out a 72-67 victory over Washington State on Sunday night that gave the Bruins possession of fourth place in the Pac-12.

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Lillard, Aldridge leads Blazers past Kings

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The Portland Trail Blazers beat the Sacramento Kings 110-99 on Sunday for their third straight victory.

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2015 GNAC Basketball Championship field announced

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The 2015 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Basketball Championship bracket was announced Sunday. Both the WWU men and women qualified for the tournament.

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Former UW star Christian Welp passes away

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Former Washington Husky and National Basketball player Chris Welp passed away Sunday at age 51.

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Marshawn Lynch: “I would be lying if I didn’t expect the ball”

Seattle Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch stands on the field at an NFL football minicamp practice Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in Renton, Wash.

In an interview on a Turkey television sports network, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch revealed that he was suprised he didn't receive the ball on the goal line in Super Bowl 49.