Pacers Drop Cavs at The Q
Wrap-Up – The Cavaliers have played well against the Eastern Conference over the past couple months. But they still have trouble with the Central Division -- evidenced once more on Monday night, as the Pacers came to Cleveland and handed the Wine and Gold a lopsided 111-90 loss.
Things came apart for the Cavaliers in the second quarter, as Indiana outscored Cleveland, 33-21. The Cavs only managed 17 points in the third period and found themselves down 87-62 heading into the fourth.
Only two Cavaliers notched double-figures on Monday night. Tristan Thompson doubled-up with 20 points and 11 boards, going 9-for-16 from the floor and grabbing six of his boards off the offensive glass. C.J. Miles, celebrating his 26th birthday, notched 14 of his game-high 21 points in the second quarter.
Already without the services of Kyrie Irving, the Cavaliers lost guard Dion Waiters before halftime with a sore left knee. He sat the entire second half as a precautionary measure and his status will be updated on Tuesday.
Turning Point – The Pacers looked to pull away early in the second period, opening a 10-point edge within the first two minutes of the quarter. But C.J. Miles keyed a 12-4 run to get Cleveland back to within a deuce. Things came apart from there, however, and – led by Gerald Green – the Pacers would head into intermission on a 20-7 run, taking a 15-point lead into the locker room.
Game Ball – C.J. Miles – Miles celebrated his birthday by canning a team-high four triples – including three straight in a two-minute span in the second quarter. Miles finished the game 8-for-16 from the floor, including 4-of-8 from beyond the arc.
By the Numbers – 114 … Three-pointers made by C.J. Miles this season, eclipsing his previous season-high by five treys. Miles is averaging 12.7 ppg through nine games in March.
Quotable – Tristan Thompson, on the Cavaliers’ early struggles on Monday night …
”We just didn’t come out with enough fight. That’s not acceptable, especially at home. This was a home game for us and we have to come out with that mindset early defensively. Going out there, we took the first hit and just couldn’t recover.”
Up Next – As far as opponents go, the Cavaliers schedule doesn’t get any easier as they welcome the Miami Heat to The Q on Wednesday before heading to Houston on Friday night. After four days off, the Cavs take on the Celtics at The Q next Wednesday and the Sixers in Cleveland two nights later.