Indianapolis, IN, United States (4E Sports) – The Indiana Pacers limited the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 3-of-16 shooting and forced seven turnovers to take a 26-10 scoring advantage in the fourth quarter en route to a 91-76 victory at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Paul George had 21 points and Roy Hibbert added 19 for the Pacers.
“They did what championship-level teams do. The sense of urgency defensively was there, especially in the fourth quarter for them,” said Cavs coach Mike Brown about the Pacers. “You have to give them credit for turning it up a couple notches and taking us out of whatever we tried to execute.”
The Cavs led 17-9 with 4:22 left in the first after Earl Clark’s jumper.
The Pacers ended the quarter with a 9-4 run to cut the lead to 25-23.
The Cavs concluded the second quarter with a Kyrie Irving jumper and Dion Waiters layup to take a 44-41 halftime lead.
Irving went down after driving to the basket late in the third quarter. He returned with 9:28 left in the fourth quarter and played the rest of the game but felt something was not right with his knee.
“I was praying to God when I came in here [during the game] that everything was going to be OK. The doc gave me the OK to go back out there, but when I went back out there, I still didn’t feel right. so get an MRI tomorrow, see what’s going on with my knee and go from there.
The Pacers put together a 20-4 run to take an 91-74 lead on George’s 2-pointer with just 1:24 left in the game.
Anderson Varejao, who had 14 points and 11 rebounds, was playing in his 500th game for the Cavs and moved past Jim Brewer into third place on the team’s all-time offensive rebounding list with 1,298.
Irving finished with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists, Dion Waiters had 12 points and Tristan Thompson had 7 points and 13 rebounds for the Cavs.