Player of the Game
DANNY GRANGER
Couldn't buy a basket (6-of-23) but pulled 10 rebounds and had five assists, two steals and two blocks to go along with his team-high 13 points.
Plus-Minus
Name Game Season
Diener DNP -9
Dunleavy -9 -42
Ford DNP -203
Foster DNP -9
Granger -13 -71
Hansbrough DNP -56
Head DNP +7
Hibbert -6 -84
D. Jones -24 -195
S. Jones DNP -133
McRoberts +8 -12
Murphy -19 -273
Price -8 -19
Rush -20 -166
Watson -14 -87
Noteworthy
  • Coach Jim O'Brien started a small lineup for the third game in a row but used Roy Hibbert at center and brought Troy Murphy off the bench for just the third time this season.
  • Including tonight's 61-38 deficit, the Pacers have been outrebounded by 43 in the last two games.
  • The Pacers dropped to 7-6 when they start a small lineup.
  • Dahntay Jones' bucket in the closing seconds prevented a season-low point total for the Pacers, who scored 72 on Dec. 5 in L.A. against the Clippers.
  • LeBron James sustained a cut over his right eye late in the second quarter, the result of a hard foul by Josh McRoberts.
  • The Pacers were without Tyler Hansbrough (inner ear infection) for the seventh straight game and Jeff Foster (back for the 21st in a row.
  • Hustle Board
    Points in the paint:
    Cavs 40, Pacers 36
    Fast-break points:
    Cavs 11, Pacers 5
    Second-chance points:
    Cavs 12, Pacers 8
    Points off turnovers:
    Pacers 23, Cavs 12
    Starters scoring:
    Cavs 66, Pacers 44
    Bench scoring:
    Pacers 29, Cavs 28
    Stat of the Night
    With the Pacers establishing a franchise record-low for free-throw attempts, the Cavs outscored them 23-5 from the free throw line. In fact, Cleveland missed more than four times as many free throws (21) as the Pacers attempted.
    Up Next
    The Pacers open a home-and-home set with the Raptors Sunday in Toronto (6 p.m., 1070 The Fan), with the teams meeting again Tuesday in Conseco Fieldhouse. Please note, Sunday's game will not be televised.
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  • END RESULT
    After scoring at least 35 points in his three previous visits to Conseco Fieldhouse, LeBron James largely settled for the role of creator Friday night and was nonetheless dominant. Falling one rebound shy of a triple-double with 22 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds, adding four blocks and two steals to lead the Cavs to an easy 94-73 victory over the Pacers before a second consecutive sellout crowd of 18,165.

    IMPACT
    The Pacers lost their fourth straight home game to fall to 16-31 overall, 10-13 at Conseco Fieldhouse. The Cavs won their seventh in a row to improve to an NBA-best 37-11, including a 19-8 road mark.

    QUOTEWORTHY
  • “We played two championship contenders and they played like it against us. We couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn. We drove it to the basket and when they weren’t blocking shots they were intimidating shots. It’s a dramatic weakness of our team that we don’t get to the foul line a lot. " -- Jim O'Brien.
  • "He’s brilliant. He’s just an off-the-chart player. One of the greats of all-time. He comes to play every night.” -- O'Brien on James.
  • “The past two games have been a real learning curve for us because we played two very good basketball teams. We have to regroup and reprogram ourselves and move forward. These were only two games of the season. We have many left.” -- A.J. Price.
  • “We tried our best and it just wasn’t good enough. We got some stops and kept it fairly close for a while." -- Dahntay Jones
  • "We are a step or two away from getting things together and being the kind of basketball team that we want to be. We’ve got to go a little further on both ends of the court and make things happen. We have to regroup, get ready for Toronto and the next games. These next games are winnable and we have to go after them." -- Jones
  • "No it doesn’t (matter). It’s all about the win for me. I think I’ve probably had more one-rebound-away or one-assist-away triple doubles than anybody in NBA history." -- James on falling short of a triple-double

    KEY MOMENTS
    Though the Pacers were never really in this one, neither were they entirely out of it until the fourth quarter.

    The Cavs dominated the first quarter, rolling up a 36-18 lead on 13-of-21 shooting as James had nine assists and centers Shaquille O'Neal and Zydrunas Ilgauskas established their dominance inside. The lead was 47-24 in the second period when A.J. Price sparked a nine-point run that cut it to 47-33 and the Pacers were within reach at the break, trailing 58-44.

    In a low-scoring third-quarter, the Pacers closed to 68-58 on Troy Murphy's driving three-point play but Daniel Gibson and Jawad Williams hit consecutive 3-pointers and James had a steal and dunk as the Cavs pushed it back to 77-58. The Pacers were down 84-71 in the fourth quarter when the Cavs scored 10 in a row to put it away.

    BY THE NUMBERS
    On a night when the Pacers shot 33.7 percent as a team (31 of 92), no one scored more than Granger's 13. He added 10 rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks. Brandon Rush scored 12 with six rebounds, Dahntay Jones 11 and Murphy 10 (with four rebounds and four steals) and A.J. Price 10 each off the bench. The Pacers were 6-of-25 (24 percent) from the 3-point line and were dominated on the boards, 61-38, for the second game in a row. They did not attempt their first free throw until 1:19 remained in the first half, by which point the Cavs already had taken 23.

    James didn't shoot well (6-of-18 from the field, 10-of-17 from the line) but did everything else well in amassing his 22 points, 13 assists, nine rebounds, four blocks and two steals. O'Neal had 22 points, making 8-of-10 shots, and had eight rebounds and two blocks. Ilgauskas scored 13 on 5-of-7 shooting off the bench. Daniels Gibson scored 10. Six Cavs had at least seven rebounds. Cleveland shot 46 percent from the field and was just 23-of-44 (51 percent) from the line and committed 23 turnovers.