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Cavs earn rare win over Pacers

The Cleveland Cavaliers boosted their slim hopes of a play-off place after easing to a 90-76 win over Eastern Conference leaders Indiana.

Dion Waiters top-scored with 19 points, although it was a real team effort as six players reached double figures, as the Cavs ended a nine-game losing run against Indiana, who have been beaten in their last two matches.

With seven games left in the season, the Cavs are running out of time to book a spot in the top eight in the Eastern Conference, but six of their remaining fixtures are against teams with losing records.

A career-high haul of 28 points plus 17 rebounds from Chris Kaman proved the catalyst as the Los Angeles Lakers claimed a comfortable 115-99 victory over the Phoenix Suns.

Phoenix had entered the clash on the back of six straight wins, but the Lakers dominated the first half and although the contest was much closer in the final two quarters, Los Angeles held on.

Kevin Durant once again led the way with 31 points and nine assists as the Oklahoma City Thunder brushed aside the Utah Jazz 116-96.

Durant scored over 25 points for the 38th consecutive match and is now just two games away from equalling Michael Jordan's record, whose streak came for the Chicago Bulls in the 1986/87 season.

The Portland Trail Blazers claimed their third consecutive win after beating the Memphis Grizzlies 105-98, with LaMarcus Aldridge notching 26 points.

The Toronto Raptors let slip a 19-point half-time lead but still claimed their third win in a row after triumphing 98-93 over the Orlando Magic, while the Boston Celtics suffered their fourth straight defeat after losing 107-102 to the Chicago Bulls, for whom DJ Augustin registered a career-best 33 points.

The New York Knicks moved to the brink of sealing a play-off spot after overcoming the Golden State Warriors 89-84 and the Brooklyn Nets earned their 13th consecutive home victory after cruising past the Minnesota Timberwolves 114-99.