The Cleveland Cavaliers lost to the Indiana Pacers in the early part of the 2016-2017 NBA regular season. LeBron James’ team bounced back in a big way in the next two match-ups, with the last one coming via a 113-104 win on Wednesday night.
The Cavs, without Kevin Love for the next six weeks, were led by LeBron James and Kyrie Irving who had 31 and 26 points, respectively. LeBron James added 5 rebounds and 4 assists and he was hot all night going 12-of-17 overall and 4-of-5 from the three-point area. Kyrie Irving added three three-pointers with 7 assists for the Cavaliers, which also treated Indiana to a blowout, 132-117 last week. The Pacers won the first match-up in the season head-to-head, 103-93 last November.
Pacers faltered in fourth quarter
The Pacers started off well in this game and got the 32-28 lead after the first quarter. But the Cavaliers outscored the Pacers, 29-22 to take control of the game. The Cavs led 83-80 at the end of the third and built the double-digit lid midway through the fourth quarter.
With Kevin Love out, the Cavaliers need other players other than LeBron and Irving to help out on offense. Against the Pacers, Kyle Korver contributed 22 points off the bench and made 6-of-8 three-pointers. Tristan Thompson finishd with a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds, with five coming off the offensive glass.
Defense on Pacers superstar Paul George was the key for the Cavs. LeBron’s team held him to just 13 points on 4-of-19 shooting. Glen Robinson III led Indiana in scoring with 19 points while Jeff Teague had 15 points and 11 assists.
Pacers losing streak to 5
The Pacers outrebounded the Cavs, 43-40 and had more assists, 30-23. But Indiana struggled to make baskets early in the fourth, which allowed the Cavaliers to build the big lead and get the easy win.
The Pacers are currently on a five-game losing streak. They have a chance to get a win before the All-Star break when they face the streaking Washington Wizards on Thursday.
Meanwhile, LeBron and the Cavs are starting to roll again with a three-game winning streak. They are 7-1 for the month of February and won’t have a game again until next week. The Cavaliers remain the top team in the East with a 39-16 record before the All-Star break in New Orleans.
Indiana Pacers vs Cleveland Cavaliers – Full Game Highlights
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