George leads Pacers past Rockets 105-95

George leads Pacers past Rockets 105-95
January 18, 2013, 9:36 pm
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Houston Rockets' James Harden (13) goes to the basket against Indiana Pacers' Orlando Johnson during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Paul George scored 31 points and David West had 20, leading Indiana past Houston 105-95 Friday night.

The Pacers (25-16) have won 11 straight home games - their longest streak since winning 14 in a row in 2002-03.

Houston (21-20) has lost six in a row. The Rockets were led by Omer Asik with 22 points and James Harden with 17.

But it was a big night for George, who made 8 of 11 shots and five 3-pointers during a 23-point first half that gave Indiana control.

Houston got as close as three early in the third, but Indiana went on a 10-3 run, closed the quarter on a 12-4 spurt to make it 83-69 and didn't let Houston get closer than seven the rest of the game.