The Herald Bulletin
INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Pacers celebrated the return of Danny Granger by outscoring Western Conference power Houston in every quarter on the way to a 114-81 victory here Friday night.
Granger contributed just five points on 1-of-7 shooting but still received a standing ovation when he came on the floor for the first time this season after suffering a calf injury that has sidelined him.
Paul George scored a game-high 24 points. He was followed by Lance Stephenson with 16, Luis Scola with 13 and David West and George Hill with a dozen points apiece.
Dwight Howard topped the Rockets with 19 points. Chandler Parsons add 14.
The Pacers, who snapped a two-game losing streak in which they were outrebounded in both games, won the battle of the boards 50-36. George had nine rebounds, West seven, while Roy Hibbert and Stephenson had six apiece.
Indiana shot 53 percent from the field, including 46 percent from 3-point range. George had a trio of 3-pointers.
The Indiana record is now 21-5. The Pacers will play again Sunday evening at home against the Boston Celtics.
Houston falls to 17-10.