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After Tuesday night's 121-117 victory over the Toronto Raptors at The Q, the Cavaliers head to Indy to take on the Pacers on Wednesday night. Tipoff from Bankers Life Fieldhouse is at 7:00 p.m. (ET).
With an 9-1 record to open the season, the Wine and Gold tied their best start through 10 games in franchise history (1976-77 season). No Cavs team has ever started 10-1 through 11 games.
Cleveland will try to improve to 4-0 on the road for the second time in franchise history. The only other time was in 1988-89 (4-0). (Elias Sports Bureau)
The Cavaliers have been rolling due in large part to the balanced production between their three All-Stars. Cleveland's Big Three comes into Wednesday's contest each averaging at least 20.0 points (Kyrie Irving-23.9, LeBron James-23.4, Kevin Love-20.4)
While the Wine and Gold have had a balanced attack at the top, Channing Frye has provided a spark off the bench.
In Tuesday's win, Frye scored a season-high 21 points (13 in the fourth quarter) on 7-10 (.700) shooting from the field and 5-8 (.625) shooting from beyond the arc, while also pulling down three rebounds in 20 minutes. It was the second straight game in which Frye talled 20+ points off the pine. Cleveland will need another solid performance from Frye and the rest of his bench mates as Cleveland gets set to play their second game in as many days.
Cleveland travels to Indy looking to improve to 4-0 on the road for just the second time in franchise history. The only other time was in 1988-89 (4-0). (Elias Sports Bureau)
Despite a the Pacers 5-6 record, and despite the fact the Cavaliers have beat the Pacers in six of their last nine meetings, the Wine and Gold will be in for a challenge on Wednesday.
Indiana had a busy offseason, adding Jeff Teague, Thaddeus Young and Big Al Jefferson. Veteran Paul George is one of the few forwards who can hold his own against LeBron James.
George, the Pacers undeniable leader, has scored 20+ points seven times and ranks 23rd in the NBA with 21.0 points per game.
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Status Update: (Pacers) - Rodney Stuckey, (Right Hamstring Strain, Out)
*Subject to change.
As mentioned, the Wine and Gold took three of four matchups against their Division rivals last season, earning a split at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
In their victory last season at Indy, the Pacers took a 104-103 advantage with 2:05 left in overtime but the Cavaliers scored eight of the game’s final 10 points. LeBron James’ offensive rebound with 21.6 seconds remaining in overtime led to a pair of Kyrie Irving free throws, giving the Cavs a 109-106 lead. The win was Cleveland’s first victory in Indiana since January 29, 2010.
Wednesday's matchup will be the first of four meetings between the Cavs and Pacers (at IND 2/8, at CLE 2/15 & 4/2).
After Wednesday's contest, the Cavaliers engage in a Friday night postseason rematch with Andre Drummond and the Detroit Pistons at The Q. Afterwards, the Wine and Gold get a rare four-day break, taking on the Portland Trail Blazers at The Q on Thanksgiving Eve. GET TICKETS | VIEW FULL SCHEDULE