Pacers guard Lance Stephenson was the catalyst with a superb performance (16 points, 11 rebounds), igniting the Pacers, and getting under the skin of LeBron James (27 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds), who drew a technical foul for pushing Stephenson in frustration. “Overall it was just a great team win,” said Pacers guard Victor Oladipo, who finished with 19 points, putting the Pacers ahead for good with his final basket. “We did some great things down the stretch. They got into us early, and we just did a great job of showing resiliency.”
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Marc Stein: One trusted source pulled me aside at the @nbagleague Showcase last week in suburban Toronto and insisted that the Cavs will “definitely” swing at least one deal before the Feb. 8 trade deadline. But is there really one deal out there that closes this gap?
With that in mind, the prudent route is to take on players — even if they carry larger salary obligations than the Mavericks would like — provided the Mavericks also can get prime assets in return. “I would say we are looking to use our cap space actively,” Cuban said Monday. “We will take back salary to get picks or guys we think can play.”
For a few fleeting moments, several Clippers dared the Rockets to come farther into the room, sources said. Security and team officials soon converged on the Rockets, pushing them out the door and back toward the visiting locker room, sources said. Ariza was described as the first one through the door, with Paul lingering in the back, witnesses told ESPN.
Michael J. Duarte: Mike D’Antoni said Blake Griffin hit him right before each got in each others faces and were issued technicals. #Rockets #ItTakesEverything