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NBA: Pacers extend Central Division lead with win over Clippers

Roy Hibbert claimed 26 points as Indiana stretched their winning streak to five games, while San Antonio Spurs have lost Manu Ginobili for the rest of the regular season.

Chris Paul puts up a shot as Indiana's Lance Stephenson tries to defend.
Chris Paul puts up a shot as Indiana's Lance Stephenson tries to defend.

Roy Hibbert scored a game-high 26 points as the Central Division-leading Indiana Pacers took a 109-106 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers to stretch their winning run to five games.

The Clippers, top of the Pacific Division, suffered a third straight loss as Hibbert's efforts were supplemented by 23 points and 10 assists from Paul George.

Among current streaks, only the New York Knicks have won more consecutively than the Clippers. The Knicks head the Atlantic Division and have strung together eight straight wins. They were inactive in the latest round of games.

The San Antonio Spurs, top of the Southwest, lost 92-90 to the team directly behind them in the division, the Memphis Grizzlies, after 25-point Tony Parker missed a last-gasp jump shot.

However, Manu Ginobili is expected to miss up to four weeks because of a strained right hamstring,

The Argentine picked up the injury on Friday against the Clippers.

Elsewhere, the Detroit Pistons beat the Toronto Raptors 108-98, with Rudy Gay scoring 34 points in a losing cause.

Al Jefferson's 24 points helped the Utah Jazz rack up a fifth straight win as they prevailed 112-102 against the Portland Trail Blazers, and Larry Sanders' 24 points and 13 rebounds assisted the Milwaukee Bucks in their 131-102 rout of the Charlotte Bobcats.

A 29-point haul from Nikola Pekovic helped the Minnesota Timberwolves win 110-100 against the sliding Boston Celtics, while the Houston Rockets beat the Orlando Magic 111-103 and the Atlanta Hawks overcame the Cleveland Cavaliers 102-94, who have lost nine in a row.

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