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Okoro Ices Indy in Preseason Opener


WRAP-UP

Now that’s how you begin an NBA career.

Even the most optimistic Cavs fans couldn’t have expected rookie Isaac Okoro to have lived up to his nickname – “Ice” – after just one game. But the 19-year-old from Atlanta did just that, scoring on an and-1 with less than a second to play, giving the Wine & Gold the 107-104 victory over the Pacers in a thrilling preseason opener at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

With just over five seconds to play at the score tie at 104-apiece, Indy’s T.J. McConnell missed a short jumper. Cleveland’s Damyean Dotson grabbed the rebound and fed ahead to the streaking Okoro, who was fouled by Rayshaun Hammonds and scored on the layup.

Okoro canned the free throw to seal the deal and was given a celebratory water bottle shower by his jubilant teammates after the final seconds wound down.

Cedi Osman led both squads with 23 points in the win – going 6-of-11 from the floor, including 3-of-6 from long-range and 8-of-9 from beyond the arc, adding five boards and a steal.

Darius Garland finished with 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting to round out the starters in double-figures.

J.B. Bickerstaff got some outstanding production off his bench – with Dotson leading the reserves, finishing with 10 of his 12 points in the fourth quarter, going 5-of-6 from the floor overall. Thon Maker doubled-up with 10 points and 10 boards and Larry Nance Jr. added 10 rebounds of his own to go with seven points.

Domantas Sabonis led the Pacers with 16 points and 13 boards in the loss.


HIGHLIGHT

Isaac Okoro wins it for the Cavs with a lay-up with less than a second left on the clock.


TURNING POINT

Cleveland trailed by 11 points early in the fourth quarter, but behind Okoro the Wine & Gold clawed back, re-taking the lead on Okoro’s triple with 5:22 to play in regulation.

The Pacers recaptured the lead on their next possession, and it was a dogfight from that point forward – with three ties and three lead-changes in the final 2:51 before Okoro’s heroics put the win on ice.


BY THE NUMBERS

By the Numbers16 … points that Isaac Okoro scored in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s win, going 5-for-5 from the floor, including both three-pointers and all four free throws he attempted.


CALLS OF THE GAME

Enjoy the best broadcast calls of the night from Cavaliers Radio Network's Tim Alcorn and Rafa Hernandez-Brito from Power 89.1.


UP NEXT

These two squads will face off again on Monday night at the FieldHouse – this time with up to 300 fans in attendance – before the Cavaliers hit the road to close out the four-game preseason schedule, taking on the Knicks next Wednesday and Friday at Madison Square Garden.

Cleveland Cavaliers Highlights vs. Indiana Pacers

Check out the Wine & Gold's best plays from the first preseason game on Saturday night, a 107-104 win over the Pacers.

Cavs vs Pacers - December 12, 2020

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Cleveland Cavaliers Highlights vs. Indiana Pacers

Check out the Wine & Gold's best plays from the first preseason game on Saturday night, a 107-104 win over the Pacers.
Dec 12, 2020  |  00:01

Feat. Highlight: Okoro For the Win!

Isaac Okoro delivers in the clutch, as he gets a big stop on defense and scores the go-ahead basket with .03 seconds left.
Dec 12, 2020  |  00:30

Delly's Crafty Pass to Maker

Matthew Dellavedova gets past his defender and drops off a crafty pass to Thon Maker who scores at the rim.
Dec 12, 2020  |  00:11

Okoro's Up-and-Under And-One

Isaac Okoro drives to the hole, goes up-and-under, takes the contact, and finishes for the and-one opportunity.
Dec 12, 2020  |  00:22

Okoro Drives Baseline and Scores

Isaac Okoro drives baseline and scores with a lay-up off the glass.
Dec 12, 2020  |  00:08

Dotson Creates Space, Beats Shot Clock Buzzer

Damyean Dotson creates space for himself with the shot clock winding down and beats the buzzer with a mid-range shot.
Dec 12, 2020  |  00:10

DG Dances to the Hoop for Two

Darius Garland uses his ball-handling skills to weave through traffic and get a basket in the paint.
Dec 12, 2020  |  00:07

Maker Gets the Steal, Passes Ahead to Cedi for the And-One

Thon Maker intercepts a Pacers pass, throws it ahead to Cedi Osman, who finishes at the rim through contact for the and-one.
Dec 12, 2020  |  00:17

Garland Hits Back-to-Back Shots

Darius Garland gets into the lane on consecutive possessions and scores at the rim both times.
Dec 12, 2020  |  00:18

Thon Maker with a Thunderous Dunk

Larry Nance Jr. drops a pass off for a waiting Thon Maker who rises up for a strong two-handed jam.
Dec 12, 2020  |  00:09

Cedi Steals & Scores

Cedi Osman steals and knocks down a baseline jumper to give the Cavs the lead in the second quarter.
Dec 12, 2020  |  00:10

Ball Movement Leads to Garland Triple

The Cavs move the ball around well as Darius Garland hits a three after getting his defender to bite on a pump-fake.
Dec 12, 2020  |  00:22

Defense Leads to Offense

Andre Drummond blocks a Pacers shot on defense and Isaac Okoro finishes the sequence with a lay-up on the other end.
Dec 12, 2020  |  00:12

LNJ Gets Steal and Scores

Larry Nance Jr. gets the steal on defense and finishes off the offensive possession with a bucket.
Dec 12, 2020  |  00:16

Kevin Love Knocks Down Long Jumper

Kevin Love hits a long, step-back jumper for the Cavs first points in the preseason.
Dec 12, 2020  |  00:11

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