Pacers at Cavaliers

Game Rewind: Pacers 97, Cavaliers 109

Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 7:30 PM ET at Quicken Loans Arena
by Manny Randhawa
Pacers.com Writer
@MannyRsports

Game Rewind

 

The Pacers showed resilience in cutting a 19-point first quarter deficit to as little as 1 before heading into halftime trailing the Cavaliers 52-49 at Quicken Loans Arena. But Cleveland ran past Indiana in the second half, opening the third period on a 15-5 run en route to defeating the Pacers 109-97.

Kevin Love caught fire out of the gate, scoring 22 first-half points and finishing with a game-high 28 points on 9-of-13 shooting in 33 minutes. Love also had 10 rebounds to register a double-double. Kyrie Irving also had a double-double, with 24 points and 10 rebounds to go along with five assists. LeBron James, who had just eight points on 4-of-11 shooting in the first half, finished with 19 points. James was 5-of-7 from the field in the second half, leading the Cavaliers' up-tempo transition attack early in the third to put the game out of reach for the Pacers.

David West, playing in just his second game of the season after recovering from an ankle injury, led Indiana with 14 points on 7-of-16 shooting, all but two of those points coming in the first half. Solomon Hill added 13 on 4-of-11 from the floor, including 2-for-5 from 3-point range.

The Pacers got contributions from the bench, which fueled Indiana's first-half spurt by outscoring Cleveland's bench 24-1 in the first two quarters. Lavoy Allen had 10 points and eight rebounds in just under 18 minutes on the floor. Chris Copeland had 11 points and Luis Scola contributed 10. As a team, the Pacers shot just 39 percent, while Cleveland shot 53 percent from the field.

Inside the Numbers

The third quarter was pivotal in this game, and Cleveland came out running, outscoring the Pacers 35-22 to open up an advantage that was too much to overcome for Indiana.

The Cavs can be deadly in transition, and though the Pacers contained Cleveland's ability to get out into the open court on fast breaks for the most part, Indiana was outscored 12-2 in that department.

The Pacers won big in bench scoring (52-16) and continued to hit the glass hard (outrebounding Cleveland 48-44 with 15 offensive rebounds), but in the end, those stats didn't translate into a victory.

You Can Quote Me On That

"I think they just imposed their will on us. We made a good run in the second quarter to make it a game, but their starters outplayed our starters tonight. Our starters have been pretty good for us, but that wasn’t the case tonight." - Coach Vogel

"We’re getting some guys back and some guys are still out. George Hill and Roy Hibbert (both injured) are big difference makers on this team. But our guys are scratching, clawing and trying to squeeze out as many wins as we can during this time while we’re banged up. We’ll keep battling." - Coach Vogel

"They’re just tough, man. They spread you out and they’ve got a bunch of ways they can attack you. They had us on our heels. We made a run to make it close in the first half, but it was just a tough game. We know they’re a good team. They’ve got a lot of guys over there. It’s just a matter of them getting their chemistry (going) and they were just too much for us tonight." - David West

"It’s very difficult because they are one of the few teams in our league that play inside out. I think of them and Memphis. They are two teams that come off the top of my head that play inside out, so that kind of slows the pace down. You just have to try to wrap it up a little bit if you can and keep your turnovers low, which we did." - LeBron James

Stat of the Game

The starting five for the Pacers (David West, Solomon Hill, Ian Mahinmi, Rodney Stuckey and Donald Sloan) combined to score just 45 points. The starting five for Cleveland (LeBron James, Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson and Shawn Marion) combined for 93 points.

Noteworthy

  • The loss to Cleveland was only Indiana's third in 18 games against the Cavs dating back to April 9, 2010.
  • The Pacers' bench scored 16 more points than its season average of 36 points per game, which was 10th in the NBA entering the contest.
  • Lavoy Allen's first rebound on Saturday was the 1,000th of his career. Allen surpassed 1,000 career points in a loss to Denver on Nov. 14.
  • The Pacers have grabbed 32 offensive rebounds in their last two games.
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