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GAME RECAP: Cavs 113, Pacers 104

LeBron James scores 31 points as the Cavaliers cruise past the Pacers 113-104.

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GAME RECAP: Cavs 113, Pacers 104

LeBron James scores 31 points as the Cavaliers cruise past the Pacers 113-104.
Feb 15, 2017  |  02:18

GRIII Finishes the 3rd with an Alley Oop

Feb. 15, 2017 - With the clock winding down at the end of the third quarter, Monta Ellis drives and finds a cutting Glenn Robinson III with the lob.
Feb 15, 2017  |  00:10

Ellis Finds Turner

Feb. 15, 2017 - Monta Ellis drives and dishes to Myles Turner for the dunk.
Feb 15, 2017  |  00:07

Pacers Steal and Score

Feb. 15, 2017 - Monta Ellis and Kevin Seraphin team up to steal the ball from Kyle Korver, then Ellis finishes the fastbreak on the other end.
Feb 15, 2017  |  00:10

Teague to Turner

Feb. 15, 2017 - Jeff Teague and Myles Turner work the pick-and-roll, leading to an easy dunk for Turner.
Feb 15, 2017  |  00:07

Teague Gets the Bounce

Feb. 15, 2017 - Jeff doesn't get the call on his leaning 3-pointer, but he does get a fortunate bounce, as the ball hits off the top of the backboard before going down.
Feb 15, 2017  |  00:07

Game Rewind: Pacers 104, Cavaliers 113

Wednesday, February 15, 2016 at 7:00 PM ET at Quicken Loans Arena

By Daniel Massa | Pacers.com

Game Recap

In a game full of runs from both teams, the Indiana Pacers fell victim to the biggest run of the night as the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the visiting Pacers, 113-104, on Wednesday night at Quicken Loans Arena.

Cleveland (39-16) used a 23-6 run after the Pacers tied the game early in the fourth quarter to break the game open and get a comfortable win.

The Pacers (29-27) got off to a fast start on the night, reeling off eight straight points after Cleveland's Kyrie Irving hit two free throws on the game’s first possession.

Paul George (eight) and Jeff Teague (five) combined for Indiana's first 13 points of the game before Kevin Seraphin hit a jumper to extend the Pacers’ lead to 15-9. Indiana led by as many as eight points, 20-12, midway through the first quarter before Cleveland starting chipping away at the lead.

The Cavs tied the game at 28 with 33 seconds to go, but the Pacers scored the last four points of the frame, including a Monta Ellis steal and fast break layup with five seconds left to give Indiana a 32-28 lead heading into the second quarter.

George ended up with 10 first quarter points while Teague added six assists.

The second quarter featured sizeable runs from each team. Cleveland started the quarter with a 14-2 stretch to take a 42-34 lead. But the Pacers responded right back with a 9-2 run to cut the deficit to one, 44-43.

The Cavs then built a 54-46 lead before Teague and Ellis each hit 3-point shots to get the Pacers back within two.

Cleveland's LeBron James briefly left the game in the second quarter after turning his left ankle. He returned to finish out the half and led all scorers at the break with 18 points.

Teague and Myles Turner led the Pacers with 11 points, while George was held scoreless in the second quarter after those 10 first quarter points. Teague had eight assists in the half and Turner grabbed five rebounds, as did George.

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The game of runs continued in the third quarter, as the Cavs began on an 11-5 run to build a 68-59 lead. Glenn Robinson III scored those five points for Indiana, helping keep the deficit manageable.

Cleveland extended its lead to 12, 78-66, on a James layup with 3:11 to go in the third. The Pacers took a timeout and responded with a 10-0 run sparked by six straight points from C.J. Miles.

Miles was fouled on a 3-point attempt and made all three free throws and then hit a 3-pointer on Indiana's next possession to cut Cleveland's lead to 78-72. Two Teague free throws and a bucket from Al Jefferson capped off the run.

Irving hit five free throws to finish out Cleveland's scoring in the quarter. Ellis found Robinson on an alley-oop with one second left to make it a one-possession game, 83-80, heading into the fourth quarter. Ellis also had seven points in the quarter

Robinson hit a 3-pointer to start the fourth quarter and tie the game at 83. However, Cleveland responded with that 23-6 run — which included five 3-pointers — to break the game open.

Kyle Korver hit three triples during the run and Irving added a pair as Cleveland led by as many as 17, 106-89.

Robinson led Indiana with 19 points, 14 in the second half, on 7-of-10 shooting. Teague and Turner each had 15 and Teague posted a double-double with 11 assists. Ellis had 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting while George had a tough shooting night, going 4-of-19 from the floor for 13 points.

James led all scorers with 31 points on 12-of-17 shooting. Irving had 26 points and seven assists and Korver chipped in 22 on 8-of-12 from the field and 6-of-8 from deep.

The Pacers will play their final game before the All-Star break tomorrow night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse against the Washington Wizards at 7:00 PM ET.

Inside the Numbers

This marks the Pacers' fifth straight loss, the team's longest losing streak of the season.

Indiana had 30 assists, the team's second-most so far this season, on 40 made field goals.

The Pacers won the rebounding battle tonight, 43-40, and grabbed four more offensive rebounds (13-9) than Cleveland.

James eclipsed the 30-point mark for the 13th time this season.

Indiana's bench outscored Cleveland's, 38-34.

You Can Quote Me On That

"There was just too much LeBron (James) and Kyrie (Irving). Those guys do a good job of reading the defense, their ability to score, and when you collapse on them they bury you from the 3-point line. They knocked down some big threes. They hit 18 of them. It seemed like anytime we got ourselves back in the game, or got close, they were able to hit threes." -Pacers head coach Nate McMillan

"Usually I'd be down about myself or I'd be in a funk mentally, but looking at it and replaying the game back, I had shots that I'd make all season. I had looks that I had all season. It was just one of those games where I couldn't buy a basket at all." -Paul George

"This is the way we wanted to play coming into February and the guys are excellent so far this month. It sucks because we've got a great rhythm right now. You hate to have the break. But the break is going to be good for everybody." -James

"I don't know about that. I just know that I'm playing with a bunch of great players. I don't create much on my own. I'm a product of good ball movement and good passing and screening. That's the way I've always played ever since I was eight or nine years old. Obviously, I have great talent around me. I got some good looks tonight and found a little rhythm." -Korver on his success against the Pacers

Stat of the Night

Cleveland's 18 made 3-pointers matched a season high by a Pacers opponent. The Dallas Mavericks also made 18 triples against Indiana in the season opener.

Noteworthy

  • Cleveland now leads the season series, 2-1.
  • Indiana leads the all-time series with Cleveland, 94-90.
  • Thaddeus Young missed his seventh straight game after spraining his left wrist on Feb. 3.
  • Lavoy Allen missed his second straight game with knee soreness.

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