Things are not going as planned for the Cleveland Cavaliers as they are dealing with early struggles in the season, trying to avoid a fourth straight loss. Last night they hosted the Indiana Pacers at the Quicken Loans Arena, who are currently seeking their third straight win. The Pacers would be without Ike Anigbogu (coach’s decision) in this matchup, along with Alex Poythress (coach’s decision), Joe Young (coach’s decision), Edmond Sumner (knee), Myles Turner (neck), and Glenn Robinson III (ankle). The Cavs were without Isaiah Thomas (hip), Iman Shumpert (knee), John Holland, and London Perrantes.
The first quarter of the game would be held closely as the Pacers shot fifty-seven percent from the field while the Cavaliers shot fifty percent. LeBron James played for ten minutes while scoring eight points on fifty-seven percent shooting. He ended up collecting one offensive rebound, two defensive rebounds, and two assists in the meantime. Derrick Rose chalked up six points while shooting seventy-five percent from the field.
Kevin Love would settle for five points which included one three-pointer but he did manage to pull down four rebounds. Tristan Thompson was held to two points while gobbling down three offensive rebounds and three defensive rebounds. Dwyane Wade was limited to just two points, one rebound, and one assist in the four minutes that he played.
As for the Indiana team, Bojan Bogdanovic shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he collected ten points, which would include two three-pointers. Thaddeus Young played for ten minutes but was held to only six points but he would commit two steals.
Darren Collison collected six points with two coming from the free-throw line as he shot one-hundred percent from the field. He was able to pull down two defensive rebounds and dish off four assists. Domantas Sabonis collected five defensive rebounds as the Pacers ended the first with a tight 30-28 lead.
The Ohio team would respond in the second period as they shot sixty percent from the field while holding the Pacers to forty-six percent. Former Knicks’ guard J.R. Smith knocked down two three-pointers while Rose scored six points on seventy-five shooting from the field. He also collected two defensive rebounds while giving out one assist.
Jeff Green would come off of the bench to give six points, collecting two of them from the free-throw line. He was also able to collect two defensive rebounds while recording one assist and two steals. Kyle Korver came off the bench, as well, to deliver five points which would hold one three-pointer. James played for seven minutes, only to be held at two points but he would get off four assists.
On the other end of the court, Cory Joseph would come off of the bench to score eight points while shooting sixty percent from the field. He earned six of those points from beyond the arc as he recorded two rebounds and three assists. Young collected six points to go along with the two steals that he committed and the one offensive rebound he grabbed. Sabonis would chalk up six points with two coming from the charity stripe. He also got ahold of three defensive rebounds as the Indiana Pacers went into halftime with a tight 62-61 advantage.
The Pacers went on a 30-24 run in the third quarter as they shot fifty percent from the field as the Cavaliers shot forty-eight percent. Victor Oladipo would heat up as he chalked up twelve points on fifty percent shooting. He ended up connecting for two three-pointers while Sabonis collected four rebounds while dishing off two assists. Collison played for eleven minutes as he shot seventy-five percent from the field to receive eight points, three coming from behind the arc.
As for the Ohio team, LeBron James would post up nine points while hitting a three-pointer in the process. He also did work in other ways as he crashed the boards for two rebounds while giving out five assists. Love would contribute as he recorded four points to go along with his three rebounds and two assists. Smith was held scoreless in the eleven minutes that he played while Rose delivered seven points. Both Jae Crowder and Jeff Green came off of the bench to score two points each but it was still the Pacers who had a 92 to 85 advantage heading into the fourth.
The Indiana team finished things off in the last period as they shot sixty-eight percent from the field, limiting the Cavaliers to a low forty-two percent. Thaddeus Young went off for twelve points while shooting eighty-three percent from the field. He collected six of those points from behind the three-point line while gobbling up three defensive rebounds. Joseph played twelve minutes off of the bench only to be held scoreless but he would manage to get ahold of two defensive rebounds while giving out two kindly assists.
On the other end of the floor, LeBron James would take over as he goes off for fourteen points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field. Jae Crowder would contribute with five points and two records but it still wasn’t enough as the Indiana Pacers handed the Cleveland Cavaliers their fourth straight loss, 124 to 107. Thaddeus Young finished the game with twenty-six points and six rebounds. LeBron James would finish with thirty-three points, six rebounds, and eleven assists.