Nets suffer another loss too to leave New York pair trailing.
The Indiana Pacers inflicted a sixth straight loss at home on the New York Knicks on Wednesday night, with Paul George scoring a season-high 35 points after forcing the game into overtime.
Despite making a quick start, the Knicks were ultimately unable to hold on as George made three free throws to tie the game with just 5.2 seconds remaining in regulation.
The MVP candidate then went on to score 9 points in overtime as the Pacers pulled away, but Carmelo Anthony (30 points and 18 rebounds) was at a loss to understand how the game got away from the hosts.
“I thought we had the game won,” he said, as reported by ESPN.
“And in overtime, I don’t know, they just walked away with it.”
While the disappointment of another home loss will be the overbearing feeling following Wednesday night, coach Mike Woodson will have some positives to take away from the game.
Anthony appears to have found a consistent scoring stroke, while J.R. Smith added 21 points off the bench and Beno Udrih scored a season-high 19.
The Knicks were again without the injured trio of Tyson Chandler, Raymond Felton and Amar’e Stoudemire, and will now begin a four-game road trip which will arguably suit them at this stage considering their poor form on home court.
Elsewhere, the Miami Heat secured a fifth straight win with a 120-92 triumph over the Orlando Magic, with LeBron James scoring 21 points and adding seven assists.
However, there was no such luck for the Brooklyn Nets who followed suit with their city rivals and suffered another defeat to leave them at 3-8 for the season.
There was further misery for coach Jason Kidd as point guard Deron Williams re-injured his ankle during the loss to the Charlotte Bobcats and it remains to be seen how long he will be sidelined for.
Meanwhile, over in the Western Conference, the San Antonio Spurs and Portland Trail Blazers continue to lead the way after both sealed their 10th wins of the season.
LaMarcus Aldridge and Kawhi Leonard were the star performers on the night, although both teams got solid production from their starters to secure another win.
There was a significant win for the Los Angeles Clippers away at the Minnesota Timberwolves, with Blake Griffin outplaying Kevin Love to help send the visitors on their way to a 102-98 win.
However, history was once more made by Dirk Nowitzki on Wednesday, as he passed Reggie Miller on the all-time scoring list during the Dallas Mavericks’ 123-120 win over the Houston Rockets.
Brooklyn Nets 91-95 Charlotte Bobcats
Washington Wizards 98-91 Cleveland Cavaliers
Indiana Pacers 103-96 New York Knicks
Miami Heat 120-92 Orlando Magic
Toronto Raptors 108-98 Philadelphia 76ers
Detroit Pistons 85-93 Atlanta Hawks
Portland Trail Blazers 91-82 Milwaukee Bucks
Los Angeles Clippers 102-98 Minnesota Timberwolves
Utah Jazz 98-105 New Orleans Pelicans
Boston Celtics 93-104 San Antonio Spurs
Sacramento Kings 113-106 Phoenix Suns
Houston Rockets 120-123 Dallas Mavericks
Memphis Grizzlies 88-81 Golden State Warriors