The Cleveland Cavaliers (48-27) and the Indiana Pacers (37-39) meet up for the fourth and final time this season in Quicken Loans Arena. The first time these two teams met up was on November 16 and Indiana pulled away with a 103 to 93 win. The second time was on February 8 and Cleveland won that game 132-117. The third time was no different as the defending champions would win that game as well, 113-104. With the Indiana Pacers struggling to make the Playoffs for the second straight season, they hope to catch the second-seed Cleveland on one of their bad nights and pull away with a win.
LeBron James and Paul George would trade buckets with each other in the first quarter, both hitting three of their seven shots but it was the visiting team that ended the quarter with a 27 to 26 lead. The second quarter belonged to the home team as LeBron scores nine points and grabs six rebounds, along with their new point guard, Deron Williams scoring seven points. The Cleveland Cavaliers headed into the locker room with a 60 to 53 lead. But the Pacers would come back as Thaddeus Young goes off for 11 points and grabbing six boards in the third period. But the Cavs would still lead 83-77 at the end of the third. Indiana went on a 27 to 21 run in the fourth quarter as CJ Miles lights up for eleven points and knocking down a pair of three-pointers. LeBron didn’t back down though as he earns sixteen points and knocking down a three, as well. The game would eventually go into overtime with a 104 to 104 score. Lebron was held scoreless in the first overtime period while PG-13 hits six points, including one three-pointer. He would also hit two free throws to tie the game at 114 and send it into a second overtime. In the second overtime, Paul George was still energized, as he scores thirteen points and hitting two three-pointers. But with 57 seconds left, the King himself would knock down a deep three-pointer to give the Cavs a 128-124 lead. George would respond with a deep three-pointer of his own. But with the help of Kevin Love hitting a much-needed three-pointer and Kyrie knocking down four free throws, the Cleveland Cavaliers would go on to win the game 135 to 130. LeBron James would end the game with 41 points, 11 assists and 16 rebounds, collecting his 53rd triple-double of his career. Paul George would end the game with 43 points, nine assists and nine rebounds.