Paul George scored seven points in a 13-0 fourth-quarter run and finished with 24, leading the Indiana Pacers past the short-handed New York Knicks 81-76 on Thursday night in Indianapolis.

The Pacers (22-14) have won 12 of 15, including a sweep of the other two Eastern Conference division leaders -- Miami and the Knicks -- this week.

"We want to compete for the one and two (seeds) and for sure want to compete for the No. 1 spot," George said. "We probably could be pushing one or two if we would have started off playing the way we're playing right now."

New York (23-12) was led by J.R. Smith with 25 points on a night they clearly missed Carmelo Anthony. The NBA's second-leading scorer was suspended by the league for Monday's postgame confrontation with Boston's Kevin Garnett.

Without Anthony, the Knicks fell nine points below their previous season-low point total (85) and shot just 34.8 percent from the field.

New York started the fourth with a 60-58 lead, but George changed the game with his quick scoring flurry, which gave Indiana a 71-62 lead.

Mavericks 117, Kings 112: O.J. Mayo had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Vince Carter scored 23 off the bench and Dallas rallied from 17 points down to beat host Sacramento in overtime.

With the franchise's possible sale and relocation to Seattle on the minds of Kings fans, DeMarcus Cousins had 29 points and nine rebounds before getting ejected in overtime for elbowing Carter in the face.


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The game marked the first time the Kings played since the latest -- and perhaps most serious -- round of relocation talks began a day earlier, when word spread that Seattle investor Chris Hansen has contacted the Maloof family about buying the Kings. No deal has been reached yet.

Newspaper and television reporters from Seattle showed up along with an increased local media presence.

Even players and coaches admitted all the attention made it difficult to focus on the game.

"It's definitely going to be a distraction," Kings coach Keith Smart said before the game. "But we're pros. We've got to figure out a way how to separate the two and then get ready to play."

Trail Blazers 92, Heat 90: Wesley Matthews hit a 3-pointer to put Portland in front with 26.9 seconds left and Portland hung on to beat Miami for its fourth straight win and ninth straight at the Rose Garden.

The Blazers held LeBron James to 15 points, snapping his 54-game streak with at least 20 points that dated back to last season.

Cavaliers: Center Anderson Varejao had surgery to repair a split leg muscle, an injury that could sideline him two more months.