Paul George leads Pacers past the Rockets

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 27: Paul George #13 of the Indiana Pacers shoots the ball against the Houston Rockets on March 27, 2016 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. ((Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images))

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Paul George scored 16 of his 25 points in the first quarter and the Indiana Pacers overcame 34 points from James Harden to beat the Houston Rockets 104-101 on Sunday night.

Monta Ellis had 23 points and Ian Mahinmi tied his career high with 19 points for the Pacers, who have won three of four.

Harden also had eight rebounds and Trevor Ariza had 14 points for the Rockets, who have lost two straight.

Ellis scored the go-ahead basket with 4:46 left to give the Pacers a 96-95 lead and Mahinmi scored back-to-back baskets to put Indiana ahead 100-95.

The Pacers took a 16-point lead in the third quarter and appeared to have the game put away before the Rockets went on a run and took a lead early in the fourth quarter with a dunk by Ariza.

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