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Paul George, Pacers take advantage of Cavs without LeBron with 103-93 win

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Apr 16, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (13) goes up to make a basket as Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas (17) defends during the first half of game one of the first round of the 2016 NBA Playoffs at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Indiana Pacers got a lucky break on Wednesday night when the Cleveland Cavaliers decided to rest two starters in the East match-up. The Pacers won easily, 103-93 as LeBron James and J.R. Smith were sidelined for rest.

Paul George did not shoot well from the field but still finished with a team-high 21 points and added 11 rebounds and 5 assists. George made 8-of-18 shots and was just 3-of-9 from the three-point area.

But it did not matter for the Pacers, who had little trouble with the depleted Cavaliers. Kevin Love had a double-double of 27 points and 16 rebounds while Kyrie Irving had 24 points and 7 assists. But the Cavs trailed by double-digits early and their runs came up short in the second half.

Pacers recovering from recent struggles

This was a much-needed win for the Pacers, who have struggled early in this regular season but have improved to a 0.500 mark with the win over the Cavs.

Jeff Teague had 20 points and 8 assists while Myles Turner had 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks for the Packers, who are 6-1 at home but 0-5 on the road this season. Thaddeus Young added 16 points and 7 rebounds while C.J. Miles came off the bench to score 10 points.

The Cavs lost their second game of the season and had a three-game winning streak snapped. Cleveland faces another East team, the Detroit Pistons, on Friday and possibly playing with both LeBron and Smith.

The Pacers have won back-to-back games after losing three of four games. They host the Phoenix Suns on Friday.

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