Pacers hold off Wolves, Cavs cruise past Knicks

The Indiana Pacers held off a spirited late fightback from the Minnesota Timbervolwes, while the Cleveland Cavaliers proved too strong for the New York Knicks in Friday's NBA action.

Paul George scored 29 points as the Pacers opened up a 17-point advantage going into the final quarter, but a late fight-back from the Timberwolves, inspired by Zach LaVine, in the final quarter nearly turned the game around for Minnesota.

Ultimately, the late rally wasn't quite enough as the Pacers ran out 107-103 winners.

LeBron James scored 31 points as the Cavs trumped the Knicks 90-84 in the Big Apple. 

Carmelo Anthony scored 26 points for the hosts, who led by six after the third quarter, but in the latter stages James and co proved too much for the New York City outfit.

Orlando Magic beat Utah Jazz 102-93 after Tobias Harris scored 19 points with 13 rebounds and three assists.  Gordon Howard was the best performer for the Jazz on the night, scoring 16 while assisting five with four rebounds.

The Boston Celtics thumped Atlanta Hawks 106-93 while the Toronto Raptors were a class apart in their 100-81 win over the New Orleans Pelicans.

Somewhat ironically, Eric Gordon was the most impressive player in Toronto on Friday, scoring 30 points with three rebounds and an assist.

The Chicago Bulls continued to perform well in front of their home fans, posting a 102-97 win over the Charlotte Hornets.

Pau Gasol scored 19 for Chicago as well as claiming 13 rebounds, but Nicolas Batum was the most impressive scorer on night, scoring 28 of the Hornets' points.

In what was the closest match of the night, the Memphis Grizzlies hung on to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 101-100.

The lead continued to change hands throughout the first three quarters, but after Grizzlies opened up a nine-point lead heading into the final quarter, it seemed as if the result was a foregone conclusion. However, the TBs outscored their opponents in the final stages and fell just one short of what would have been a remarkable comeback.

Marc Gasol scored 31 for the Grizzlies while CJ McCollum added 26 for Portland.

Oklahoma City Thunder was far too good for Philadelphia 76ers.  Russell Westbrook had his second straight triple-double as Thunder crushed the 76ers 102-85.

Dallas Mavericks beat LA Lakers 90-82 while the Denver Nuggets romped past the Houston Rockets, winning 107-98. 

Danilo Gallinari scored 27 for the Nuggets while James Harden impressed for the Rockets with 28 points.

In the night's final match, the Sacramento Kings recorded a narrow 111-109 win over the Brooklyn Nets.

DeMarcus Cousins contributed 40 points to the Kings' cause with 13 rebounds and one assist, while Jarrett Jack with 21 points, one rebound and 12 assists was the most effective player for the visitors.

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