LeBron Steps Out, Cavaliers Drop 3rd Straight

Annette Crawford
January 14, 2018

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

The Cavaliers, who lost 133-99 at Toronto on Thursday, led by 22 after the first quarter Friday yet still fell to 0-3 against the Pacers this season.

Beating Cleveland has not been an issue for IN, as the Pacers stopped the Cavaliers on Friday for the third time IN three meetings this season.

Stephenson's versatility as a 6-6 swingman with strength gives the Pacers options that coach Nate McMillan may use on the road trip. Kevin Durant and Draymond Green led the way for Golden State in the win, combining for 47 points with Stephen Curry sidelined.

"We in a funk", James said.

The Raptors (29-11), who assured themselves of their best first-half start in franchise history, were without three-time All-Star guard Kyle Lowry and center/forward Serge Ibaka.

Pacers fans had to love seeing their team overcome the Cavs, but to make the show even better, Lance Stephenson was up to some of his old tricks with LeBron James. The Cavaliers wouldn't score a single point in the last 3:57.

He was also slapped with a technical foul after losing his cool and retaliating against Lance Stephenson with 7min 53sec left in the game. Sixers forward Robert Covington had the worst night of all, knocking down just two field goals while registering a minus-25 with four turnovers. Lue didn't offer any clarity, either, saying in an equally vague response he meant "just what I said". "That's all. He's a little dirty". "We've just got to find a way out of it". "I should have known, I've known since school, it's not the guy who tells the joke that gets caught it's the guy who laughs. But he played well tonight".

Pacers: Oladipo finished with 19 points while Domantas Sabonis had 12 points and 15 rebounds. The Pacers cut a bit of the lead in the second, then doubled up Cleveland in the third quarter, 32-16, taking a 2-point lead to the fourth. Miami's 0.611 effective field goal percentage was their largest strength over IN, who had a mark of 0.506.

A recent report, however, has suggested the Cavaliers players are unhappy with Lue's comments, as while they agree in the case of LeBron James' ball-handling, they disagree as they believe Lue is handling the playing time of Tristan Thompson's and Channing Frye's incorrectly. That's got to get things going, right? On the final possession that the Cavs had while they still had a chance, Darren Collison was switched onto LeBron after a screen and he managed to hold his ground and force him to step out of bounds, which ultimately resulted in a victory.

With the win, the Pacers have clinched the season series over the Cavs.

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