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.
Simmons had 15 points, three assists, two rebounds, two steals and two blocks as the 76ers let a 22-point first half lead slip.
Overcoming a 20-0 run is rarely a recipe for success, but the Indiana Pacers had the right chefs in the kitchen on Friday night. The huge loss was the second straight lopsided loss suffered by the Cavaliers. For a moment, all looked right in the world for the Cavs. We know that they want to rid Asik's contract, and Boogie might leave anyway, so pairing Thompson with Davis could give a limited version of what Cousins and Davis offer, or Thompson could back up Davis with energy off the bench.
Oladipo made the free throw to extend Indiana's lead to 84-82. Klay Thompson is the third double-digit scorer and Draymond Green is grabbing 7.8 rebounds. But then a 16-2 run by the Pacers gave IN the lead heading into the final period.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have followed a pair of blowout losses by squandering a 22-point, first-half lead. He got another chance with a desperation three-pointer as time expired, but missed.
Some of James" Cavs teammates are said to be irked with him holding the ball "until he sees an "assist' pass". The Raptors were missing two of their big three in Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka, and rather than that result in an easy night for Cleveland, all it did was set the stage for guys such as Fred VanVleet, Jakob Poeltl, Norman Powell and Pascal Siakam to make an impact.
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After Randle almost turned it over, Ball picked up the basketball and forced up a desperation shot that was well short. Barnes made a pull-up jumper in the paint to tie the game at 95 with 5.9 seconds remaining.
Early on, it seemed like Cleveland would walk all over the Pacers, getting a bit of revenge for their 0-2 start against IN to start the year.
Victor Oladipo scored 19 points in the win over Cleveland Friday night.
The Cavaliers have been playing very poor basketball recently, and as expected not at the fault of LeBron James. But Jordan, who's averaging 11.8 points and 14.9 rebounds per game, actually might be an improvement over him.
But James had two chances in the final two seconds to win it and missed both opportunities - after Victor Oladipo gave in the lead for good on a 3-pointer with 2:09 left in the game. After LeBron converted on a pull-up jumper from mid-range at the 3:57 mark of the fourth quarter, Cleveland didn't score for the remainder of the game. "He's a little dirty", James said (ESPN). "I know what I need to do, just play and be myself".
All told, it was one of the Cavs' worst shooting nights of the season as they connected on just 38.2 percent from the field as a team and an even worse 6-for-26 (23.1 percent) from 3-point territory. They caught me on a retaliation.