Pacers limit Cavs to 23 second half points in double-digit win
Indianapolis, IN, United States (4E Sports) – Paul George scored 27 for the Indiana Pacers as the team held the Cleveland Cavaliers to 23 second half points en route to a 96-81 victory Wednesday.
West had 18 points, nine rebounds and seven assists and George Hill added 17 points as the Pacers snapped a two-game skid.
Indiana trailed by 16 at one point but bounced back in a big way by limiting the Cavaliers to an 8-for-41 shooting.
The the Cavs’ 23 points is its lowest in a half production of the season. It also marked the fewest points Indiana allowed in a half since it joined the NBA in 1976.
“We just made some adjustments to how we’re going to guard them on the ball,” Pacers forward David West said.
Cleveland coach Byron Scott noted that the Pacers’ defense against Kyrie Irving dictated the game.
Irving was held to nine points on 4-for-12 shooting.
“Once Indiana became more aggressive and tried to take the ball out of Kyrie’s hands, we caved into it and we just stopped playing,” Scott said.
C.J. Miles led the Cavaliers with 28 points.