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Pacers discover magic touch

Indiana Pacers claimed a 98-79 victory over Orlando Magic to cement their place at the top of the Eastern Conference Central Division.

Danny Granger top scored for the Pacers with 16 points and three assists with Paul George and Lance Stephenson both weighing in with 15 points each as they recorded their second-straight win, while Arron Afflalo bagged 20 points for Orlando.

Western Conference Pacific Division leaders Los Angeles Clippers suffered a narrow 116-115 defeat in a high-scoring game at Denver Nuggets.

Randy Foye, with 14 points and four assists, won the game for the Nuggets as time ran down in the fourth quarter.

Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried was their biggest scorer with 28 points and 11 total rebounds.

San Antonio Spurs remain at the top of the Southwest Division after a 102-95 victory over New Orleans Pelicans.

Guard Tony Parker was in good form for the Spurs, scoring 32 points and nine assists to inspire the win over the division's bottom side.

In the Eastern Conference, Dwyane Wade scored 30 points and added 10 rebounds as Miami Heat overcame 21 turnovers to beat Detroit Pistons 102-96 and cement their position at the top of the Southeast division.

Portland Trail Blazers lost 100-90 at Washington Wizards, Brooklyn Nets got past Philadelphia 76ers with a 108-102 win and New York Knicks were defeated 101-98 at Milwaukee Bucks.

Chicago Bulls lost their second game on the bounce - a 99-70 loss - against Sacramento Kings, Oklahoma City Thunder claimed a 86-77 home victory over Memphis Grizzlies, while Dallas Mavericks overcame Cleveland Cavaliers 124-107 and Toronto Raptors were 94-79 winners over Utah Jazz.