Pacers vs Cavaliers

Cavaliers vs. Pacers

C.J. Miles scores 26 points, David West and George Hill add 20 points each to stop the Cavaliers' winning streak with a final score of 103-99.

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Cavaliers vs. Pacers

C.J. Miles scores 26 points, David West and George Hill add 20 points each to stop the Cavaliers' winning streak with a final score of 103-99.
Feb 6, 2015  |  00:00

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February 6, 2015 - Pacers.com's Wheat Hotchkiss wraps up the Blue & Gold's 103-99 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Feb 6, 2015  |  02:31

Postgame: Pacers Locker Room 150206

February 6, 2015 - George Hill, Solomon Hill, C.J. Miles, and David West talk about Indiana's 103-99 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Feb 6, 2015  |  02:33

Postgame Exchange: Pacers End Cavs Streak

February 6, 2015 - Pacers.com's Wheat Hotchkiss and Greg Rappaport break down the Pacers' big win over the Cleveland Cavaliers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Feb 6, 2015  |  02:16

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February 6, 2015 - Pacers head coach Frank Vogel talks to media after Indiana's 103-99 win over the Cavs.
Feb 6, 2015  |  07:21

Postgame: Cavaliers Locker Room 150206

February 6, 2015 - Cavaliers head coach David Blatt and forwards Kevin Love and LeBron James discuss Cleveland's 103-99 loss to the Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Feb 6, 2015  |  01:36

Hill's Circus Shot

George Hill connects on the desperation one-hand prayer from downtown plus the foul.
Feb 6, 2015  |  00:00

Hill Downs Thompson

Solomon Hill drives to the lane and delivers the posterizing jam over Tristan Thompson.
Feb 6, 2015  |  00:00

Hill Gets Crafty

George Hill drives, fakes and converts the layup in traffic.
Feb 6, 2015  |  00:00

Game Rewind: Pacers 103, Cavaliers 99

Friday, February 6, 2015 at 7:00 PM ET at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
by Greg Rappaport
Pacers.com Writer
@Greg_Rappaport






Game Recap

With just over a minute remaining in the game and trailing by two, George Hill stepped around a screen and was fouled by Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving. Realizing he had been fouled, Hill jumped backwards and launched a one-handed 3-point attempt with Irving draped on his left arm.

As the ball passed through the net with an accompanying whistle for Irving's foul, Pacers fans roared out of their seats, as the bucket gave Indiana a four-point play, the lead, and the final bit of magic they needed to pull out the 103-99 win over the red-hot Cavs.

"I've been having him work on that before practice," Pacers head coach Frank Vogel joked after the game.

The Cavaliers (31-21) came into Friday night winners of their last 12 contests. And in the first half, it looked as if the Pacers (19-32) would be victim number 13 as the Cavs led Indiana 69-63 at the half.

But the same Pacers defense that allowed the Cavs to shoot 51 percent from the field in the first half came out looking like a completely different unit in the second; holding Cleveland to just 15 points in the third and holding LeBron James to just nine points and one rebound in the second half.

"I just thought we corralled him some," said David West, who had 20 points and 13 rebounds. "He picked us apart a couple of times, but Solo (Solomon Hill) competed against him possession after possession. Didn't give him anything."

When the fourth quarter began, the Pacers were trailing by three, thanks to an 11-2 run late in the third.

Just as the fourth got underway, Solomon Hill, who had been silent on the offensive end while trying to guard James (25 pts, 6 reb, 5 ast), sent the sold-out crowd into a frenzy with a huge slam. He followed up the dunk with an acrobatic and-1 layup that went in from high off the glass. Initially it was ruled an offensive foul but was then overturned by another official. The crowd at Bankers Life Fieldhouse roared in approval.

"Coach put the ball in my hand for a play, and I just tried to be as aggressive as possible," Hill explained of his explosive fourth quarter. "You gotta make them account for you. If you don't make them account for you, it's kind of like five-on-four out there."

Solomon Hill, who poured in nine points in the fourth quarter alone, continued to pace Indiana along with the sharpshooting C.J. Miles, who dropped in a team-high 26 points.

But in the wake of Solomon Hill's acrobatic shot, James took the Cavs on a one-man 6-0 run, making three consecutive shots and putting Cleveland up nine. At that point, things were looking grim for Indiana, but the Pacers responded with a 12-2 run of their own to seize the lead from the Cavs.

Following a Timofey Mozgov layup, Cleveland wrested the advantage back once again. It was then that Miles found himself open in the corner with two minutes remaining. The Pacers were trailing 89-88, but Miles connected on a 3-point jumper that sent the crowd at the Fieldhouse into bedlam.

After a cool-handed 3-pointer from Iman Shumpert in response, George Hill, who finished the night with 20 points and seven assists, executed his 10-on-the-difficulty-scale, four-point play. The game-deciding basket that gave the Pacers their final lead of the night; leading to what was, without question, their biggest win of the 2014-15 season.

"I think we have a chance now where we are playing a lot of home games," Solomon Hill told reporters after the win. "We have to stay with it. keep getting guys back (from injury): Lavoy Allen, Ian Mahinmi; when we get those guys back. If we just keep playing together, I think we can get back to the playoffs."

Inside The Numbers

The Pacers snapped the Cavaliers' 12 game winning streak. Had Cleveland won, it would have matched their franchise record for consecutive wins at 13.

C.J. Miles' 16 fourth-quarter points tied the Pacers' season-high for points in a quarter with Damjan Rudez's 16-point fourth quarter against Orlando.

David West had his third double-double of the season, and pulled down his season-high 13 rebounds.

Indiana has now won nine consecutive home games against the Cavs. Cleveland's last victory at Bankers Life Fieldhouse was on January 29, 2010

What They're Saying

“We need some quality wins if we’re going to get back in the playoff race. This was an opportunity to do that. We haven’t had one of these in a while, at home or on the road." -Pacers head coach Frank Vogel

"It shows what we’ve been talking about all year, that we have enough to compete and that we can win games. Now that we’re getting more healthy and George (Hill) is getting his legs under him even more, we have a good rotation going, I think. Everybody feels comfortable." -Pacers guard C.J. Miles

"George Hill played a very good game tonight. Late in the game we didn’t execute like I believe we’re capable of doing. We gave up too many points, 36 of them in the fourth quarter, and a lot of them came on free throws." -Cavaliers forward LeBron James

"Sold out crowd, anytime LeBron comes in this gym it’s definitely a crazy atmosphere. And the energy he brings with his team, I think we were able to match it and make the right plays at the end of the game to win it tonight. It feels great to have a two (game) winning streak of our own. We just have to stay with it." -Pacers forward Solomon Hill

Noteworthy

  • Miles passed the 5,000 point career-mark for his NBA career on a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter.
  • Indiana leads the all-time series over Cleveland 91-84, and holds a 56-30 advantage at home
  • George Hill's 12 made free throws on 15 attempts were both career highs

Stat Of The Night

Although the Cavs are known for their big three, the Pacers' troika of scorers lit up the final frame. C.J. Miles had 15, and George Hill and Solomon Hill each added nine, for a combined 34 points. Cleveland's big three had just 15 in the final quarter.

Up Next

The Pacers take the road to face the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday evening at 6 PM.

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