LEBRON JAMES
Produced his second triple-double in a row, fourth of the season and 14th of his career with 30 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, adding four steals and a blocked shot in what is becoming a typically complete and dominating performance.
DANNY GRANGER
“We beat ourselves tonight. We fought back, came back but couldn't keep the momentum going our way. The comeback was not a moral victory. We lost. We're out there to win."
  • Points in the paint: Pacers 42, Cavaliers 28
  • Fast-break points: Pacers 24, Cavaliers 8
  • Second-chance points: Cavaliers 24, Pacers 11
  • Points off turnovers: Cavaliers 22, Pacers 17
  • Starters scoring: Cavaliers 91, Pacers 65
  • Bench scoring: Pacers 41, Cavaliers 20
  • In their last three losses – to the Cavs, Lakers and Raptors -- the Pacers have yielded 38-of-72 shooting from the 3-point line to their opponents, an astonishing 52.8 percent. Indiana was outscored by 51 points from the 3-point line in those losses, which came by a combined margin of 34 points.
    The first long road trip of the season, four games in six nights, begins Tuesday in Denver against Carmelo Anthony, Allen Iverson and the Denver Nuggets (9 p.m., FSN-Indiana, WIBC 1070-AM)
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  • CLEVELAND 111, INDIANA 106
    Pacers can't finish comeback

    By Conrad Brunner | Nov. 25, 2007


    Turning LeBron James into a passer is a sound theory, but in practice it was anything but perfect.

    Despite a heavy emphasis in practice on rotating to cover weak-side shooters defensively, it was the failure to execute that particular task repeatedly that cost the Pacers a 111-106 defeat to the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers Sunday before 11,603 at Conseco Fieldhouse.

    The Pacers had wiped out a 14-point third-quarter deficit and took a 99-94 lead into the final minutes but gave up two open 3-pointers to Damon Jones and one to Sasha Pavlovic – all on assists from James – that proved to be daggers. Jones' bomb with 36 seconds left gave the Cavs a 106-102 lead.

    "We're all very disappointed in this loss," said Coach Jim O'Brien. "Our guys really scrapped. Down 14 points to come back and take a seven-point lead and do a lot of really positive things against a good basketball team to win a game, and the fact of the matter is, the threes that they hit down the stretch … we worked non-stop on the proper rotations and the fact of the matter is we just broke down.

    "We just shot ourselves in the foot in that phase of the game and we offer no excuses. We were prepared and didn't execute and it's my job to teach these guys well enough to execute. If I spent four hours on this over the last week maybe I should've spent eight hours because four hours wasn't enough."

    Marquis Daniels played a major role in bringing the Pacers back, scoring 12 of his 25 points in a 21-2 run spanning the third and fourth periods that gave Indiana an 80-73 lead. He scored the team's final basket, a jumper that put the Pacers up 101-100 with 2 minutes remaining.

    "Marquis had a great game," said O'Brien. "We think he's rounding the corner with his knee problems (which limited his play earlier in the season). He's so important because he does so many things. He's been able to practice and as a result these are the kinds of games you can expect on a regular basis."

    Jamaal Tinsley flirted with a triple with 24 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds but also committed eight turnovers and shot just 7-of-20. Danny Granger played creditable defense against James and contributed 21 points with four rebounds and three assists. David Harrison played a strong game off the bench with 11 points and seven rebounds.

    Complementing James nicely were Drew Gooden (23 points, 12 rebounds) and Pavlovic (22 points), whose final 3-pointer put the Cavs up 103-102. The Pacers lost an opportunity to take the lead when Harrison hung on the rim after missing a dunk, turning Jeff Foster's potential tip-in for the lead into offensive goaltending. Then came Jones' 3-pointer.

    Despite his brilliant all-around game, James missed three-of four free throws in the closing seconds to leave the door open for the Pacers. Trailing 109-106 with 8.8 seconds, they ran an inbounds play that resulted in a 3-point attempt for Shawne Williams, a decent look that just missed.


    NOTEWORTHY
  • Cavs point guard Daniel Gibson was ejected for protesting his sixth foul with 6:31 left in the game.
  • Jermaine O'Neal missed his third game in a row and fourth of the season due to swelling in his left knee.
  • After totaling 27 turnovers in the last three games, the Pacers committed 16 against the Cavs.
  • Mike Dunleavy continued his trend of being a non-factor in losses. Dunleavy scored eight points and took just five shots and is averaging 11.0 points on 40 percent shooting in losses, compared to 21.2 points and 50.5 percent shooting in victories.