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.