CLEVELAND, OH – The Indiana Pacers (26-23) already had the season series over the Cleveland Cavaliers (28-19) won. The brooms, however, will stay at home.
The Cavs had it going offensively on Friday, especially so in the first half, on their way to a 115-108 win over Indy. The Pacers clawed their way back within five points late in the fourth, but the comeback fell short.
LeBron James posted a triple-double in the Cleveland victory: 26 points, 11 assists and 10 assists.
It was a season-worst first half for the Blue and Gold.
Cleveland torched the Pacers for 73 points, the most Indiana has given up in a first half this season. JR Smith couldn’t be stopped from behind the arc, hitting six threes for a game-high 18 points.
The Cavaliers led at the half, 73-60.
In the second half, the Cavs grew their lead as high as 19. Indy was a bit sluggish out of the gate in the third and wouldn’t recover much until the fourth quarter.
Down the stretch in the fourth, Indiana made the Cavs sweat. Cleveland’s advantage was all the way down to 111-106 with 1:44 left, and the Pacers had a chance to cut that deficit down to two, but couldn’t not convert and the Cavaliers escaped.
All five Pacer starters scored in double figures, led by Oladipo’s 25 points.
Following the loss, Indiana will return home for a matchup with the Orlando Magic on Saturday. Game time is 7:00 p.m.