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Pacers march on in NBA

David West led the way with 25 points to help Eastern Conference leaders the Indiana Pacers to a 119-80 win over the Denver Nuggets in the NBA.

West poured in 17 points in the first quarter to pave the way to victory as the Pacers responded to their previous defeat to the Orlando Magic.

The Golden State Warriors enjoyed the most emphatic success of the day as they crushed the Philadelphia 76ers 123-80, Marreese Speights doing most of the damage with a game-high 32 points.

Kevin Love scored 31 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Minnesota Timberwolves, but could not stop them going down to a 107-89 loss to the Houston Rockets.

Jeff Green top-scored with 29 points to lead the Boston Celtics to a 102-86 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.

Elsewhere, the Detroit Pistons beat the San Antonio Spurs 109-100 and the Toronto Raptors saw off the New Orleans Pelicans 108-101.