Pacers roll past short-handed Nuggets

Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson, left, gets a basket in front of Denver Nuggets forward Jordan Hamilton in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014. The Pacers won 119-80. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — David West scored 25 points and Roy Hibbert added 14 as the Indiana Pacers routed the short-handed Denver Nuggets 119-80 on Monday night.

Indiana snapped a five-game skid in the series, beating the Nuggets for the first time since a 31-point blowout in November 2010. The Pacers (40-11) still have the NBA’s best record, the league’s best home record (25-2) and now lead two-time defending champion Miami by four games in the Eastern Conference.

Wilson Chandler scored 17 points to lead the Nuggets (24-26), who have lost three straight. They played without several injured players, including Andre Miller, Danilo Gallinari, JaVale McGee, Nate Robinson and Ty Lawson.

The Pacers took control with a 21-5 run that made it 37-20 early in the second quarter. Then they closed the half on a 14-4 spurt to make it 61-40, and the Nuggets couldn’t get closer than 19 in the second half.

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