George, Hibbert help Pacers hold off Nets

Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Johnson, right, drives on Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Johnson, right, drives on Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Paul George and Roy Hibbert both had 20 points, and the Indiana Pacers overcame an early deficit to beat the Brooklyn Nets 97-96 Saturday night.

Lance Stephenson, left out of the All-Star game despite leading the NBA in triple-doubles, added 14 points for the Pacers (36-10), who improved the league’s best home record to 22-2. David West had 17 points and George Hill scored 10.

Shaun Livingston had a season-high 24 points for the Nets, who couldn’t hold an early seven-point lead against the Eastern Conference leaders.

Joe Johnson, an All-Star selection, spent much of the night dueling with Stephenson and scored 16 for Brooklyn, which has lost three straight since starting January with 11 wins in 12 games.

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