Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Pacers beat the Cavs again in another thriller

Pacers beat the Cavs again in another thriller

"Other Cavaliers players have "grumbled" that James has slowed down Cleveland's overall ball movement by holding onto the ball until he finds a pass that will earn him an assist".

For the first time in his National Basketball Association career, James has lost consecutive games by 25-plus points following Thursday's forgettable result.

James stepped out of bounds on a drive to the basket with less than two seconds left.

Collison made one of two foul shots with 1.4 seconds to play, missing the first but making the second.

James finished with 26 points, 5 rebounds and an uncharacteristic one lone assist, which is clearly a sign of how out-of-sync the team was throughout the night.

Toronto's 133 points were the most by any Cavaliers opponent this season, and marked the third straight game that Cleveland has allowed at least 127.

The Cavaliers entered Friday's contest seemingly in disarray.

The Cavaliers were thumped by 28 points against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday and got crushed by the Raptors despite Toronto playing without two of their stars - Kyle Lowry (tailbone) and Serge Ibaka (suspension). That's true and Cleveland likely won't consider Toronto a real threat until they provide a post-season scare.

Oladipo's 3 with 2:10 left gave IN the lead for good.

IN got a nice offensive boost from its bench to start the next frame, particularly veteran big man Al Jefferson.

Jonas Valanciunas, left, dominated early, putting up nine points and nine rebounds in little more than six minutes.

IN is 2-3 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs over their last five games.

Fred VanVleet continues to turn heads after notching a career high of 22 points with six three's, four rebounds and four assists.

The Pacers responded in kind with a second charge. 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? 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. Instead, it only gave the Cavs a higher cliff to fall from. The Warriors were 3 of 13 from 3-point range until Durant and Green hit back-to-back 3s in the final three minutes to seal their 11th straight road win.

Isaiah Thomas and Dwyane Wade did not play for Cleveland, each getting a rest. Seven different players scored in double figures for the Raptors en route to their 34-point victory. Jordan's talent would improve Cleveland's effectiveness near the rim, considering he's averaging 11.8 points, 14.9 rebounds and 1.0 block this season.

The Pacers have now won three of four and improved to 3-0 against the three-time defending Eastern Conference champs.

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