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Victory for Pacers

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Monday, December 16, 2013

LOS ANGELES, California - Lance Stephenson had 20 points and 11 rebounds as Indiana overcame a season-low 10 points from top-scorer Paul George to beat Charlotte 99-94 in the NBA on Saturday.

David West netted 14 points and George Hill chipped in with 13 for the Pacers, who improved their league-best record to 20-3, including 11-0 at home this season.

After Al Jefferson's layup with two minutes 14 seconds left pulled the Bobcats within 96-94, George missed a jumper. Jefferson looked to level the game but Hibbert forced him into a wild jumper that hit the backboard.

Hill made a pair of free throws to make it 98-94 with 15.1 seconds left and Hibbert smothered Kemba Walker into missing a layup before George's free throw secured the Pacers' 14th win in the last 15 meetings against the Bobcats.

Elsewhere Kevin Durant dropped 31 points and Russell Westbrook added 19 with 12 assists as the surging Oklahoma City Thunder rolled to a 13th win in their last 14 games after routing the visiting LA Lakers 122-97.

Kobe Bryant had 13 assists but just four points for the Lakers, who dropped to 0-3 since his return from a torn Achilles tendon.

Tony Parker scored 29 points and Manu Ginobili had 16 of his 20 in the fourth quarter, as San Antonio overcame Kevin Love's visiting Minnesota 117-110.