Indianapolis, IN, United States (4E Sports) – Shooting guard Lance Stephenson scored 14 of his 22 points in the fourth period to help the Indiana Pacers pull away en route to an 89-74 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Stephenson scored 10 in the Pacers’ 17-6 burst that turned a precarious 62-55 lead to a commanding 79-61 advantage as Indiana improved to 3-0 on the season.
Stephenson, who earned the starting spot in place of injured Danny Granger, made seven of 13 attempts, including five from beyond the arc and grabbed five boards for the Pacers.
Paul George added a double-double with 21 points and 13 boards while Roy Hibbert had 11 points, give boards and two blocks. Power forward David West was limited to four points due to foul trouble
The Pacers shot 32-for-77 from the field for 41.6 percent compared to the Cavaliers’ 34.9 percent on 29-for-83 shooting.
For the second straight game, the Cavaliers were hounded by poor shooting from their backcourt tandem of Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters, who shot a combined 13-for-38 from the field against the Pacers.
Waiters finished with 17 points on 7-for-21 shooting while Irving added 15 points on 6-for-17 shooting for the Cavaliers, (1-2), who suffered a second straight loss after beating the Brooklyn Nets in their opening game.
Anderson Varejao had 14 points and six boards as the Cavs sat center Andrew Bynum in the second game of a back-to-back as he works his way back to game shape.
Leading by just seven at the start of the final period, Orland Johnson sparked the Pacers’ breakaway with a 24-foot triple from an assist by Stephenson.
After a jumper by Jarrett Jack, Stephenson buried a triple while Donald Sloan made two foul shots for a 70-57 lead.
Later, Johnson sank two foul shots and Stephenson capped the breakaway with a triple for an 18-point lead with seven minutes to play.