Player of the Game
Had his best offensive game of the season, scoring 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting, adding four rebounds and three assists.
Points in the paint:Cavs 40, Pacers 36
Fast-break points: Cavs 9, Pacers 8
Second-chance points: Cavs 12, Pacers 8
Points off turnovers: Pacers 12, Cavs 11
Starters scoring: Cavs 89, Pacers 70
Bench scoring: Pacers 25, Cavs 16
Stat of the Night
In the fourth quarters of their last two games, both losses, the Pacers shot 8-of-35 from the field (.228), committed 10 turnovers and totaled 30 points.
The Cavs have won 15 of their last 17 games with the Pacers and they have won six of the last eight they have played at Conseco Fieldhouse.
LeBron James's 40-point game tonight represents the 42nd time in his career he has scored at least 40 points and the Cavs are 32-10 in those games.
Tonight the Pacers had their fewest free throw attempts of the season (21) and were outscored the foul line, 27-15.
Indiana's 38 points in the first period was its most in the first quarter of any game this season.
Through the three periods the Pacers shot 34-63 FGS (.540), but they made just 4-18 FGS (.222) in the final 12 minutes.
Cleveland's 11 points in the third quarter represent the fewest scored by an Indiana opponent in any quarter this season.
Making his first appearance in seven games, Troy Murphy scored a bench-high 12 points and led the Pacers with 10 rebounds. He has recorded three double-doubles in his four games this season.
Registering multiple blocks for the fourth time this season, Danny Granger had a season-high three rejections. In addition to leading the team with 19 points, Granger also had a team-best five assists.
One game after having a season-high 20 turnovers against the Knicks, the Pacers had just 11 miscues tonight--their second fewest of the season. In the last four games, the Pacers have averaged 13.8 topg, compared to 16.3 topg for the season.
Tonight's loss is the Pacers' second of the season (3-2) in a game with fewer turnovers than the opposition. Cleveland committed 14 turnovers
The Pacers' first extended road trip of the season begins Sunday in Charlotte against Larry Brown, Stephen Jackson and the Bobcats (5 p.m., WIBC FM 93.1). Please note, the game will not be televised.
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Nov. 20, 2009 at Conseco Fieldhouse.
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James too much for Pacers
When LeBron James is hitting his jumper, there's not much a defense can do. And James had so much confidence in his perimeter shot, with the game on the line he ran down the shot-clock and rose up for a dagger 3-pointer, the biggest of his 40 points as he led the Cavaliers to a 105-95 victory over the Pacers in front of a sellout crowd of 18,165 in Conseco Fieldhouse.
Though Troy Murphy returned after missing six games with a bruised back, the Pacers (5-5) lost their second in a row in familiar fashion, letting a double-digit lead slip away in the second half. The Cavs (9-4) bounced back after a frustrating loss in Washington Wednesday night.
“We were happy to give him long two-point shots with a hand in his face and he made them. Sometimes, there’s not a lot you can do when you’re playing one of the premier players in the league." – Pacers Coach Jim O'Brien.
"It’s kind of pick your poison. You either let him get to the lane or let him pull up for a jump shot. And he was really hitting those from the perimeter." – Pacers forward Danny Granger.
"I felt alright. I was kind of rusty at the beginning. But conditioning wasn’t an issue." – Pacers forward Troy Murphy.
"It’s all based on defense. When we get stops like that in the fourth quarter, it makes it a lot easier. We have to get stops. It was a great way to finish the game like we did in the fourth quarter." – Cavs forward LeBron James.
After a red-hot first half in which they shot .625 from the field, the Pacers made a strong move early in the third quarter with a 15-0 run that built a 78-68 lead. In that stretch, the Cavs went 0-of-8 from the field and committed five turnovers. But the Pacers would make just five baskets in the final 17½ minutes of the game while James took care of the Cleveland offense.
The Pacers were hanging tough, trailing 98-94 in the closing minutes, but James hit the clinching 3-pointer over Dahntay Jones with 52.8 seconds left.
BY THE NUMBERS
Granger led five Pacers in double figures with 19 points but shot 7-of-21 overall and was 2-of-13 in the second half. He added nine rebounds, five assists and three blocked shots. Jones scored 17 on 7-of-13 shooting with two blocks. Brandon Rush scored 16, T.J. Ford 14 with four assists, and Murphy returned with 12-point, 10-rebound double-double in 24 minutes. The Pacers shot .469 overall but were just 4-of-18 from the arc and were outscored 27-15 from the line.
James' 40 points were complemented by nine rebounds and seven assists. He was 13-of-25 from the field. Mo Williams added 18 points and four assists but committed five turnovers. J.J. Hickson scored 15, Anthony Parker 12 and Anderson Varejao 10 off the bench.
Travis Diener will miss 4-to-6 weeks after undergoing surgery Friday to remove what O'Brien described as "a little splinter of bone" from his left big toe. Diener had surgery on the same toe to remove bone spurs on May 7, 2008.
Jeff Foster missed his eighth consecutive game with an ankle sprain but O'Brien said he expected the veteran to play Sunday in Charlotte.
Mike Dunleavy, who hasn't played since knee surgery last March, could return as early as "the middle of next week," O'Brien said. The Clippers, coached by Dunleavy's father, visit Conseco Fieldhouse next Wednesday.