The Cleveland Cavaliers at home pull off the win against the Indiana Pacers 135-130 in two overtimes. Cavaliers improve to 49-27 and the Pacers fall to 37-40 on the season. LeBron James posted a triple-double with 41 points on 16 of 29 from the field, including 16 rebounds, 11 assists, and two steals in 52 minutes. Kevin Love chipped in a double-double with 20 points on 8 of 12 from the field, grabbed 12 rebounds, and hit three triples. Love scored nine of his points in overtime period.
J.R. Smith dropped in 18 points on 6 of 12 from the field, plucked five rebounds, stripped away two steals, and buried six three-pointers. J.R. made a couple big three-pointers in overtime. Kyrie Irving put in 23 points on merely 5 of 20 from the floor, snagged five rebounds, and gave out seven assists. Irving shot a perfect 11 of 11 from the foul line. Tristan Thompson put up 12 points on 5 of 7 from the field, and pulled down nine rebounds.
Channing Frye added 10 points on 4 of 7 from the field, and caught six rebounds. Deron Williams notched nine points on 3 of 5 from the floor, and handed out six assists. The Cavaliers shot a respectable 49.5 percent from the field, and shot 42 percent on 18 of 43 from three-point range. The Cavaliers could have closed out this game better if they were not missing their free throws. The Cavaliers only shot 69.7 percent on 23 of 33 from the free-throw line.
The Cavaliers out-rebounded the Pacers 56 to 46. The Cavaliers have now won two straight games at home after losing three games in a row. Meanwhile, Kyle Korver is still out with foot soreness. The Cavaliers will host the Orlando Magic on Tuesday.
Tristan Thompson and LeBron James got angry at each other during the game.
“We’re family,” Thompson said. “Little miscommunication in the huddle. Move forward. We’re family. Got each other’s back always. Move forward.”
For the Pacers, Paul George led all scorers with 43 points on 16 of 33 from the field, to go along with nine rebounds, nine assists, and three steals. George gave the Pacers a good chance to win, but it was not enough. Thaddeus Young totaled 19 points on 9 of 12 from the floor, and picked up nine rebounds. Jeff Teague dumped in 17 points on 5 of 13 from the field, nabbed four rebounds, and dished out 11 assists. C.J. Miles had a big spark off the bench with 27 points on 8 of 13 from the floor, made five three-pointers, and accumulated six rebounds.
Monta Ellis amassed seven points on just 3 of 8 from the field, and grabbed six rebounds. Lance Stephenson played his first game since returning to the Pacers and scored four points in 18 minutes. The Pacers shot 45.7 percent from the field, and shot 39 percent on 16 of 41 behind the three-point line. This was a tough lost for the Pacers on the road as they are in the playoff hunt right now.
They competed well against the defending champions in the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Pacers are going to have to play well in their last five games of the season to have a chance to make the playoffs. Meanwhile, Al Jefferson was out with an ankle injury.