Cavs blow 22-point lead vs. Pacers, lose third straight

LeBron James

LeBron James

"Some of those threes go down and the lead gets bigger and bigger".

The Warriors will be on the second night of a back-to-back, coming off a 108-94 win in Milwaukee Friday night.

It started out looking like the kind of game the Cavaliers have been in dire need of in recent weeks.

The Indiana Pacers were down 34-12 at the end of the first quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers. "The Cleveland game is important because it's a conference game, a team we're going to be in a fight with, but it won't make or break our season".

Larry Nance Jr had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, who blew an early 19-point lead before running away in the fourth quarter.

Will Barton scored 17 points and the Nuggets ended their first three-game slide of the season by stifling the Grizzlies 87-78.

While murky in its meaning, Lue's "agenda" comment may light a fire under some Cavs' players. With 2:10 left and the Pacers down two, he launched a 26-footer that tickled the bottom of the net, putting IN up by one.

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One of the downfalls of Cleveland during that quarter was their 32 percent shooting from the field, while their defense allowed IN to hit for five 3-pointers. He got another chance with a desperation three-pointer as time expired, but missed.

His son, LeBron James Jr., is already considered a potential National Basketball Association star at just 13 and James said he doesn't like missing many of his games and that will factor into his decision about how much longer to play. When guys are struggling, we have to get guys easy shots or open shots and continue to encourage those guys. It's the first time IN has beaten Cleveland three times IN a season since 2013-14. He helped the Pacers overcome a 22-point deficit in the second quarter, and the tone of the game changed immediately once Stephenson entered it, with the Pacers already down 26-6 in the first quarter. This time, he even got into LeBron James' head. "That's all. He's a little dirty".

"Praying", Collison said of what he was thinking while guarding James. "I should have known". They caught me on the retaliation. "He played well, though".

The Cleveland Cavaliers' five-game road trip ended on a low and there may be no home comforts awaiting. The win is Indiana's third over Cleveland this season and improves their record to 22-20.

"Great team win", Oladipo said. "They're a tough team but we came out and played smart defense and made the right plays".

IN will try to win their fourth in five games when they take on the Suns in Phoenix Sunday night (8 PM ET).

Adding to the urgency of the situation is a Martin Luther King Day game against the defending champion Golden State Warriors on Monday at Quicken Loans Arena.

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