INDIANAPOLIS – Paul George put an emphatic 360-degree twist on the Pacers’ latest blowout.
Lob City’s stars just watched in amazement.
George scored 36 points, the last two on a reverse windmill dunk that brought fans to their feet and the Los Angeles Clippers to their knees in Indiana’s 106-92 rout Saturday night.
It was just instinctive, George said after helping to end the Clippers’ five-game winning streak. I wanted to put on a show for the fans.
The entire season has been a showcase for the Pacers (32-7), who have the NBA’s best record, the league’s best home record at 21-1 and a 3 1/2 -game lead in the Eastern Conference over two-time defending champion Miami.
I just wanted to celebrate, the Pacers’ Lance Stephenson said. I didn’t want to get back on defense. I’ve not seen one like that in a game I’ve been in.
The Pacers have now won four straight, all by at least 14 points, and fell just short of winning four in a row by 20 or more points for the first time in franchise history.
George barely missed, going 12 of 17 from the field, 5 of 6 on 3-pointers and 7 of 7 from the free throw line.
Stephenson, who leads the NBA with three triple-doubles, settled for 22 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists.
BULLS 103, 76ERS 78: In Chicago, Joakim Noah had 21 points and 16 rebounds, and Carlos Boozer added 15 points and 13 boards as Chicago won for the seventh time in nine games.
Noah extended his streak of double-digit rebound games to 12, the longest stretch of his career.
D.J. Augustin scored nine points and dished out seven assists in the pivotal second quarter, in which Chicago extended its lead from five to 20. He finished with 19 points and eight assists.
Only three 76ers scored in double digits, Thaddeus Young leading the way with 12 points.
PISTONS 104, WIZARDS 98: In Washington, Josh Smith overcame a slow start to score 22 points, and Rodney Stuckey added 20 to lead Detroit.
Rodney Monroe had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Andre Drummond added 10 points and a game-high 13 boards as the Pistons outrebounded the Wizards 44-35.
TIMBERWOLVES 98, JAZZ 72: In Minneapolis, Nikola Pekovic had 27 points and 14 rebounds in three quarters as Minnesota snapped a three-game losing streak.
Kevin Love had 18 points, 13 rebounds and five assists, and Kevin Martin scored 20 points for Minnesota.
HEAT 104, BOBCATS 96, OT: In Charlotte, N.C., LeBron James had 34 points and eight rebounds as Miami beat Charlotte for the 15th straight time.
James scored six points in the extra period to lift the Heat to their second win in two nights. Chris Bosh added 25 points and seven rebounds for Miami.
ROCKETS 114, BUCKS 104: In Houston, Terrence Jones had a career-high 36 points and 11 rebounds to lead Houston.
WARRIORS 97, PELICANS 87: In New Orleans, Stephen Curry scored 28 points, and David Lee added 22 as Golden State sent New Orleans to its eighth straight loss.
TRAIL BLAZERS 127, MAVERICKS 111: In Dallas, LaMarcus Aldridge had 30 points and 12 rebounds as Portland won its fifth in a row.