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The Pacers pull off a comeback as they hand the Cavaliers their third straight loss, 97-95

The Pacers pull off a comeback as they hand the Cavaliers their third straight loss, 97-95

Things have been ugly for the Cleveland Cavaliers lately as they are going off back-to-back 20+ point losses, first to the Minnesota Timberwolves and then the Toronto Raptors.  They will hope to avoid a third straight loss as they visit Indianapolis to take on the Indiana Pacers.  The Pacers, on the other hand, are looking to prevent a second straight loss as they just recently lost to the Miami Heat.

The Cavaliers and the Pacers have battled each other a total of 195 times in the past as the Cavaliers won 96 games while the Indiana team took 99 games.  This matchup will mark the third of four times that these two ball clubs will play each other this season.  The Pacers won the last matchup, which was on December 8, 106-102.  During that game, Victor Oladipo scored 33 points, pulled down 8 rebounds, dished off 5 assists, and committed one steal.  LeBron James finished with 29 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists, one steal, and 2 blocks.


Cleveland Cavaliers:

Derrick Rose (ankle; 14.3 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 1.7 APG, 47.0 FG%, 23.1 3P%)
Iman Shumpert (knee; 4.8 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.3 APG, 38.6 FG%, 28.0 3P%)
Isaiah Thomas (rest; 12.3 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 3.3 APG, 35.3 FG%, 26.1 3P%)
Channing Frye (coach’s decision; 4.1 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 0.7 APG, 49.6 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Dwyane Wade (rest; 11.1 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 3.8 APG, 44.5 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
John Holland (G-League; 0.8 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 25.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
London Perrantes (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)
Ante Zizic (G-League; 1.2 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.1 APG, 26.4 FG%)

Indiana Pacers:

Glenn Robinson III (ankle)
Edmond Sumner (knee)
Myles Turner (elbow; 13.9 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 1.6 APG, 49.0 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Ike Anigbogu (coach’s decision; 1.6 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 0.0 APG, 37.5 FG%)
Alex Poythress (coach’s decision; 1.0 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.1 APG, 40.0 FG%, 42.9 3P%)
Joe Young (coach’s decision; 4.1 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.7 APG, 47.5 FG%, 35.7 3P%)
Ben Moore (G-League)


The Cleveland Cavaliers will have full control of the game early as they shot fifty percent from the field in the first half, keeping the Indiana Pacers at forty-eight percent.  LeBron James would score 14 points while draining a three-pointer in the middle of the second quarter.  He also had four rebounds, eight assists, and three steals while Kevin Love chalked up eight points.  Jose Calderon would have eight points while J.R. Smith collected a surprising six points.  Jeff Green played 12 minutes off of the Cleveland bench as he earned a strong 13 points.

On the other end of the court, Thaddeus Young scored 10 points with two three-pointers in the middle of the second period.  Victor Oladipo also had 10 points of his own while recording one defensive rebound, one steal, and one block.  Domantas Sabonis had 10 rebounds but only score two points in the 16 minutes that he played.  Lance Stephenson played the most minutes off of the bench but only had four points while the Ohio team went into halftime with a 58-44 advantage.

The home team would crawl back as they went on a large 53-37 run, shooting forty-four percent from the field.  During that run, former Mavericks point guard Darren Collison chalked up 14 points while shooting seventy-five percent from the field.  Sabonis had 10 more points to put with his five rebounds and one block.  Stephenson played 18 minutes off of the Indiana bench as he got hot for 12 points.

As for the Cavaliers, LeBron James added 13 more points to his scoring total, along with four rebounds, three assists, and one block.  Kevin Love would also score 10 points while Cedi Osman had six points and four rebounds.  Tristan Thompson played the most minutes off of the bench but only had two points as the Indiana Pacers pulled an amazing comeback to win the game, 97-95.  Darren Collison finished the game with 22 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals while LeBron James had 27 points, 8 rebounds, 11 assists, 3 steals, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Cleveland Cavaliers will host Stephen Curry (27.9 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 6.4 APG, 49 FG%) and the Golden State Warriors (33-9) on Monday at 8:00 p.m.  They have met up a grand total of 128 times as the Cavaliers pulled 59 wins while the Warriors won 69 games.  This matchup will mark the second and final time that they will play each other this season.  The last time they played each other was on Christmas Day as the Warriors escaped with a 99-92 victory.  Kevin Durant finished that game with 25 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and 5 blocks.  Kevin Love would settle for 31 points, 18 rebounds, and 2 steals.

The Indiana Pacers will travel to Arizona to battle Devin Booker (24.9 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 4.3 APG, 44 FG%) and the Phoenix Suns (16-26) on Sunday at 8:00 p.m.  The Pacers and the Suns have played each a total of 85 times in the past as the Suns won 48 games while the Pacers ended up winning 37 games.  This game will mark the first of two games that they will play against each other this season.

The Cleveland Cavaliers defeat the Indiana Pacers as it came down to the wire, sweeping the series 4-0

The Cleveland Cavaliers defeat the Indiana Pacers as it came down to the wire, sweeping the series 4-0

Today marked the fourth game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Indiana Pacers in their playoff series.  The last three games would be victories for the Cleveland team as they looked to sweep the series today.  Game 1 was in Ohio as the Cavaliers would pull away with a 109-108 win.  LeBron James scored thirty-two points, pulled down six rebounds and dished off thirteen assists.  Paul George would put up twenty-nine points, five rebounds and seven assists.  Cleveland would host the Pacers in Game 2, as well, as the home team would defeat the Pacers with a 117 to 111 score.  In that game, Kyrie Irving finished with thirty-seven points, two rebounds and two assists.  Paul George would end up with thirty-two points, eight rebounds and seven assists.  The last game was a historic win for Cleveland as they came back from a huge halftime deficit to beat the Pacers in Indiana, 119-114.  LeBron James ended up with forty-one points, thirteen rebounds and twelve assists.  Paul George finished with thirty-six points, fifteen rebounds and nine assists.  The Pacers would look to avoid a series sweep as they host the defending champions today.

Kyrie Irving would start the game off by dropping ten points in the first quarter, shooting fifty percent from the field.  LeBron James would chalk up eight points and two rebounds.  As for the Indiana team, Jeff Teague would put up six points, along with one rebound and two assists.  Four-time All-Star, Paul George, would earn himself five points, which would include one 3-pointer.  Lance Stephenson would come off the bench to collect five points, as well, which would also hold one 3-pointer.  C.J. Miles would contribute with a 3-pointer as the Pacers end the first period with a 24 to 22 lead.  The visiting team would spark a 36-28 run in the second quarter as three-time champion, LeBron James, went off for twelve points as he shot fifty-six percent from the field.  He would also gather four rebounds and two assists to add to his stat sheet.  The newest addition to the Cavaliers team, Deron Williams, would come off the bench to drop twelve points, as well, which contained two 3-pointers.  He would also shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field while grabbing two rebounds.  On the other end of the court, Stephenson would bury three 3-pointers, while Myles Turner would drop seven points.  Teague would contribute with four points but it was the visiting team that would go into halftime with a 58-52 advantage.

Things would not get easier for the Indiana Pacers as Irving comes out of the locker room to light the floor up with sixteen points, which would include one 3-pointer.  LeBron James would collect six points, one rebound and two assists to add to his stat sheet total.  Paul George would try to help his Pacers team out as he collects six points, three coming from beyond the arc.  Thaddeus Young would also chalk up six points, along with two rebounds but it was the Cleveland Cavaliers that enter the last quarter with a 88 to 77 lead.  The Pacers would come back, though, as Turner earns himself six points, shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  Indiana would eventually trail by only two points but with two minutes and thirty-nine seconds left in the game, Thaddeus Young would bury a jumper, tying the game up at 100.  After George misses an eight-foot jumper, Young would tip the ball in the basket to give the Pacers a two-point lead.  But with only one minute and seven seconds in the game, LeBron James would knock down a three-pointer to give his team the lead again.  The Indiana Pacers would fail to score in the last minute of the game as Kyle Korver and LeBron James would secure the victory at the free-throw line as Korver hits two and LeBron hits one.  The Cleveland Cavaliers would win the game, 106-102, as they sweep the playoff series with a 4-0 record.  LeBron James finished with thirty-three points, ten rebounds and four assists.  Lance Stephenson would end up with twenty-two points, six rebounds and three assists.