Indianapolis, IN, United States (4E Sports) – David West recorded 18 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists and Paul George exploded for 27 points as the Indiana Pacers improved to .500 with a 96-81 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers Wednesday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The Pacers once again showed their top-notch defense and rebounding after stifling the Cavaliers at home.
Coming off back-to-back losses against the Denver Nuggets and Oklahoma City Thunder, the Pacers engaged in a first half grind with the Cavs but then tightened their defense in the last two quarters to completely blow by the visiting team.
The Pacers outscored the Cavs 28-12 in the third quarter and 16-11 in the fourth to nab their third win in six games in December.
Point guard George Hill had 17 points and 7 boards while center Roy Hibbert recorded 12 rebounds along with four points.
The Cavs, coming off a huge win over the Los Angeles Lakers, could not continue their momentum as they shot a cold 33.3 percent on the floor.
C.J Miles tallied a team-high 28 points while Anderson Varejao had four points and 12 rebounds. Fresh from dropping 28 points and 11 dimes against the Lakers in his first game since breaking his fingers, Kyrie Irving went flat with 9 points and 4 assists in 27 minutes.
Indiana improved to 11-11 while the Cavs fell to 5-18.