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Pacers Complete Comeback As Cavaliers Continue To Flounder

14 January 2018

Elsewhere, Kevin Durant scored 26 points, Draymond Green added 21, and the Golden State Warriors defeated the host Milwaukee 108-94. Oladipo made the free throw to give IN an 84-82 lead with 7:53 to go, a costly point.

"I should have known", said James, who finished with 27 points on 25 shot attempts to go with his 11 assists and eight rebounds.

Recovering from a date with LeBron James, however, has been more problematic.

The damage was done in the fourth quarter, where the Warriors scored 28 and restricted the Bucks to only 12. "We showed a little resilience and we've just got to keep going".

Cleveland, which lost its previous two games by a combined 62 points, was outscored 84-61 over the final three quarters and wound up blowing the lead nearly exactly nine months after the Cavs rallied from a 26-point deficit to beat IN in the playoffs.

IN scored a season-low 12 points in the first. IN covered as a 3-point underdog and the game finished with a total of 208 points, which was 13 points below the projected point total of 221 points.

The Pacers went on a four-game losing streak after they beat the three-time defending Eastern Conference champion Cavaliers on November 1, dropping them to a season-low two games below.500. Sure, Cleveland's defence has been horrendous for most of this season and is now almost at a league-worst level, but the most points by any Raptors team ever in a regulation game? That's true and Cleveland likely won't consider Toronto a real threat until they provide a post-season scare.

When the Cavaliers pushed, the Raptors pushed back; their slimmest lead of the quarter was 23 points, boosted by an 11-point push from DeRozan and VanVleet reaching a career-high 19 points - he wound up with 22. They have won 13 straight at home, but starting with a loss in Milwaukee on December 19, the Cavs lost eight of nine road games with only two home victories sprinkled in. He is averaging 32 minutes, 15 rebounds and 11.8 points a game.

Taj Gibson added 17 points and Andrew Wiggins had 16 for Minnesota.

"It feels good, but it's a long season", Lance Stephenson said in the locker room after the game (ESPN).

Trailing 96-95 with two seconds remaining, LeBron James stepped out of bounds as he was trying to drive the baseline.

Anthony Davis returned from injury with a bang after his 36 points saw the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Portland Trailblazers 119-113. And LeBron responded by scoring seven points in a Heat loss.

JAZZ: Guard Rodney Hood was fined $35,000 by the National Basketball Association for slapping a phone out of a fan's hand.

James also was baited into a technical foul by Stephenson with 7:53 left in the game. He knocked the phone out of a fan's hand while walking past the man who was sitting courtside and looked to be recording Hood exiting the court.

Pacers Complete Comeback As Cavaliers Continue To Flounder