PHOENIX – The team with the NBA’s best record had its worst game of the season Wednesday night.
The Phoenix Suns simply ran the Indiana Pacers and their vaunted defense off the court, 124-100.
It was the most points allowed by the Pacers this season and matched their most one-sided loss.
The Suns snapped Indiana’s five-game winning streak but was no cause for alarm, the Pacers’ George Hill said.
“We spoil you guys with great defense,” he said, “so when you do have a bad game you think the world is going to end.”
Gerald Green led the Suns with 23 points against his former team, not that it meant anything that special. Green’s had a lot of former teams.
“This is my seventh team, man,” he said. “I’ve been down this road before.”
Bulls 98, Cavaliers 87
In Cleveland, D.J. Augustin scored 27 points in a start for Kirk Hinrich and Taj Gibson matched a career high with 26 filling in for Carlos Boozer as Chicago improved to 7-2 since trading Luol Deng.
Deng went just 2 of 11 from the field in his first game against the Bulls, who dealt the two-time All-Star forward to Cleveland on Jan. 6 for future draft picks.
Thunder 111, Spurs 105
In San Antonio, Kevin Durant had 36 points to offset Tony Parker’s season-high 37, and the Thunder survived a testy victory over the Spurs for their third win this season over the defending Western Conference champions.
Hawks 112, Magic 109
In Orlando, Paul Millsap had 24 points, Jeff Teague added 23 and the Hawks hung on to beat the Magic.
Raptors 93, Mavericks 85
In Toronto, DeMar DeRozan scored a career-high 40 points, Greivis Vasquez had 17 and the Raptors snapped a two-game skid by beating the Mavericks.
Bobcats 95, Clippers 91
In Charlotte, Al Jefferson had 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Bobcats to their first win over the Clippers in their last seven tries.
Celtics 113, Wizards 111 (OT)
In Washington, Gerald Wallace made a driving layup with 2.5 seconds remaining in overtime and undermanned Boston broke a 10-game road losing streak.
76ers 110, Knicks 106
In New York, Evan Turner scored a career-high 34 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
Rockets 119, Kings 98
In Houston, Dwight Howard and James Harden combined for 50 points in just three quarters to help the Rockets cruise to their third straight win.
Bucks 104, Pistons 101
In Milwaukee, Caron Butler scored 30 points and the Bucks rallied from a 13-point deficit in the third quarter for a victory over Detroit that snapped a nine-game skid.