Updated: Wednesday, 01 January 2014 06:49 | By Agence France-Presse

NBA Pacers rip Cavaliers to stretch East edge

Paul George scored 21 points and Roy Hibbert added 19 to power Indiana over Cleveland 91-76 on Tuesday, improving the Pacers' NBA Eastern Conference-leading record to 25-5.


NBA Pacers rip Cavaliers to stretch East edge

Paul George of the Indiana Pacers in action at Time Warner Cable Arena on November 27, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina

The Pacers, who have won 15 of 16 home games so far this season, also had 13 points from George Hill and 12 off the bench from Danny Granger in stretching their overall win streak to five games.

George grabbed eight rebounds and Luis Scola came off the bench to make nine rebounds for Indiana, which moved 1.5 games ahead of Miami (24-7) in the fight for the best record in the East, where only three clubs have winning records.

Cleveland, which fell to 10-21, lost for the 14th time in 16 road games this season and ended 2013 on a six-game losing streak.

The Cavaliers were led by 14 points and 11 rebounds from center Anderson Varejao, 13 rebounds from Tristan Thompson and 10 points from Kyrie Irving, but shot a woeful 29-of-80 (36.3 percent) from the field.

It was the eighth time in a row that the Pacers have won at home in meetings with the Cavaliers.

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