Pacers snap 2-game skid by routing Rockets

Pacers snap 2-game skid by routing Rockets

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INDIANAPOLIS - DECEMBER 20: David West #21 of the Indiana Pacers shoots against the Houston Rockets at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on December 20, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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by Associated Press

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Posted on December 20, 2013 at 10:53 PM

Updated Saturday, Dec 21 at 8:43 PM

INDIANAPOLIS -- Paul George had 24 points and nine rebounds and Lance Stephenson added 16 points, leading the Indiana Pacers to a 114-81 rout of the Houston Rockets on Friday night.

The Pacers ended their only two-game losing streak of the season and maintained their grip on the Eastern Conference's best record (21-5) with their most lopsided win of the season.

Dwight Howard finished with 19 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks for the Rockets. James Harden, the NBA's No. 6 scorer, was held in check most of the night by George, finishing with 12 points on 3-of-14 shooting.

Former Indiana All-Star Danny Granger received a standing ovation when he made his season debut late in the first quarter and fans chanted his name when he made his first basket, a 3-pointer, early in the fourth.

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