Lance Stephenson had 20 points and 11 rebounds to help the Indiana Pacers improve their franchise-record home start to 11-0 with a 99-94 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats in Indianapolis Friday night.
Center Roy Hibbert added 18 points and 11 rebounds as Indiana overcame an off night from Paul George, who had 10 points on 2-of-12 shooting.
Al Jefferson had 21 points and nine rebounds for the Bobcats, who have not beaten Indiana on the road since Nov. 28, 2008.
Kyrie Irving had 31 points to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 109-100 win over the host Orlando Magic.
Rodman back to North Korea. Former NBA star Dennis Rodman's will travel to North Korea on Monday to train its basketball team, despite the execution of leader Kim Jong Un's uncle Jang Song Thaek, the nation's No. 2 official.
Rodman, who considers the North Korean strongman a close friend, has organized an exhibition game in January in Pyongyang to celebrate Kim's birthday. Rodman says other former pro players have committed to the game, though he declined to reveal names.
"I'm going to bring American players over there," Rodman told the AP. "Yes I am. I'm going to be the most famous person in the world when you see American people holding hands and hoping the doors can be opened."
Rodman has been criticized for not talking about North Korea's human rights record, described as one of the world's worst by the U.S. State Department.
All-star vote. Miami's LeBron James is the early top vote-getter for the All-Star Game to held in New Orleans Arena on Feb. 16., edging Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant. The Heat star has 609,336 votes, while Durant trails by about 2,000 votes in the first returns announced by the league this week.
The Lakers' Kobe Bryant, who has played just three games for Los Angeles this season, was third at 501,215.
The Sixers' top vote-getter is Evan Turner, with 33,605 votes.
- Staff and wire reports