Pacers Stymie Cavs in Indy
Wrap-Up – Wednesday night in Indiana was a combination of one team that had left a lot on their home floor the previous evening and another that boasts one of the league’s best defenses. That adds up to the Cavaliers netting 58 points in the first half of the contest and just 23 in the second – spelling a 96-81 loss on Wednesday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.CJ Miles followed up his 26-point effort on Tuesday with a game-high 28 on Wednesday. But he was one of only two Cavalier to notch double-figures – joined by Samardo Samuels, who notched eight of his 10 points in the second quarter. Anderson Varejao grabbed 12 boards but went 0-9 from the floor in the loss.
Turning Point – The Cavaliers were cruising in the first half of Tuesday’s matchup, leading by as many as 16 in the second period. But closing quarters is always huge on the road, and the Pacers ran off a 9-0 surge before intermission. Indy proceeded to rattle off nine straight points to start the second half and a cool-shooting Cavalier club couldn’t catch up.
Game Ball – C.J. Miles – After getting his first start of the season on Tuesday, C.J. Miles followed up with another strong performance – getting the Cavs rolling by scoring 16 of Cleveland’s first 20 points. Miles hit five of his first six three-point attempts and finished 6-of-9 from beyond the arc and 4-of-4 from the stripe.
By the Numbers – 18.8 … Miles’ scoring average over the past week. After struggling early this season, Miles is playing with newfound confidence, average a gaudy 27.0 ppg as a starter.
Quotable – Coach Byron Scott, breaking down Wednesday’s loss …
“Winning in this league is very hard. And I thought we just caved in to the pressure that (Indiana) was giving us and we just stopped playing – period. And that’s how we got our butts kicked.”
Seen and Heard – Tyler Zeller, one of three brothers who were all named Mr. Basketball Indiana, had both his parents as well as his brother, Cody, in the crowd. At various points in the game, the crowd teased Tyler with comparisons to his younger brother, who’s been projected by some to be this June’s No. 1 pick.
Up Next – The Cavaliers will be looking for a little bit of revenge on Friday night when the Bucks – who topped the Cavaliers on a controversial buzzer-beater on Nov. 3 in Milwaukee – roll into The Q. Of course, Friday’s game is the first of a back-to-back, as the Wine and Gold head to the Big Apple for a matchup with Carmelo Anthony and East-leading Knicks on Saturday.