Indiana Pacers defeated Cleveland Cavaliers, 123-109, as LeBron James stayed on the bench for the game on Wednesday night.
Paul George led the Pacers with 29 points and an additional 21 points coming from C.J. to net the big win over the Cavaliers.
Aside from LeBron James’ absence, good offense and defense became the key ingredients for the Pacers to establish their third win in a row. Pacers are now in the 7th spot in the Eastern Conference with 42-36 win-loss record.
Cavaliers seemed to be having a hard time getting a win without LeBron James. Although, they were good offensively, with Kyrie Irving scoring 26 points and Kevin Love adding 23 , the team were having trouble on the defensive end. They allowed the Pacers to shoot 56.3 percent from the field and 16 of 31 from the three-point range.
Despite the loss, Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue acted like he was not worried at all. He said in an interview reported from Reuters that he was not worried with how his team played and said that they had the best player in the world, referring to James. He still think positively and happy with how the team played offensively but said they were lacking intensity on defense.
This was the first time that the Pacers won against the Cavaliers this season after they went 0-3 against the Cavs earlier in the season, with James suiting up for Cleveland.
The Cavaliers are in the No. 1 spot in the Eastern Conference and safely ahead of No. 2 team, Toronto Raptors.
James will have a three full days of rest before the team’s next game on Chicago on Saturday.
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