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Pacers 111, Cavaliers 90

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CLEVELAND -- Tyler Hansbrough, starting in place of injured forward David West, had 18 points and 11 rebounds in the Indiana Pacers' 111-90 victory over the Cavaliers on Monday at Quicken Loans Arena.

It was Hansbrough's second start of the season. West was sidelined due to a sprained back.

The Pacers had four other players score in double figures. Small forward Gerald Green had a team-high 20 points and added six rebounds.

All-Star Paul George finished with 14 points, four rebounds and four assists. He received a Flagrant-2 foul with 48.4 seconds left in the third quarter. Cavs center Marreese Speights horse-collared George around the neck and was ejected from the game.

The Cavs were already without their two best players, Kyrie Irving (sprained shoulder) and center Anderson Varejao (knee surgery).

Cleveland shooting guard Dion Waiters was knocked out of the game with left knee soreness. He played the entire first quarter and wasn't heard from again. The Cavs decided to sit him for the rest of the game as a precaution.

Waiters, the Cavaliers' second-leading scorer at 14.9 points per game, will be re-evaluated Tuesday morning.

The Pacers (41-26) hold the No. 2 spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race. They got 12 points, nine rebounds and five blocks from 7-foot-2 center Roy Hibbert.

Their depth and overall talent level was never more evident than in the third quarter when they outscored the Cavs 27-17. They turned the game into a rout after three quarters, 87-62.

Power forward Tristan Thompson recorded his 25th double-double of the season with 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Cavs (22-45).

Forward Gerald Green scored 13 of his 20 points in the second quarter as the Pacers extended their lead to 60-45 at halftime.

Cavs swingman C.J. Miles had 14 of his game-high 21 points in the second quarter, but the rest of the team managed just seven. Cleveland was outscored 33-21 in the second.

Cleveland forward Luke Walton was supposed to wear his protective mask for four weeks. It lasted all of 10 minutes. When he re-entered the game in the second quarter, he wasn't wearing it.

Walton said he wasn't comfortable with the temporary mask. A new mask will arrive before Wednesday's game against the Miami Heat.

The Pacers opened up a 27-24 lead after the first quarter, despite shooting just 40 percent from the field.

The Cavs shot 50 percent from the floor in the opening quarter. They spread out the wealth in the first quarter, as five players scored four points.

For the game, Indiana shot 44.3 percent, and Cleveland shot 38 percent.

NOTES: West is day-to-day. "There's a chance he plays (on Tuesday). His back is really bothering him," Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. ... Vogel said Green has earned more minutes. "It's time to give Gerald his opportunity," he said. ... Pacers forward Danny Granger might be close to returning to the lineup. "He's resumed activity," Vogel said. "He'll get a lot of work this week. We'll see where he is at the end of the week." ... Walton became the third Cleveland player to wear a protective mask this season. An X-ray on Monday at Cleveland Clinic revealed a broken nose, an injury that occurred in the San Antonio game on Saturday. Tyler Zeller and Irving also wore masks. ... It seems like two or three times a week, the Cavs send power forward Kevin Jones to the NBA Development League to get some playing time. He was recalled Monday. ... With Hibbert in the middle, the Pacers can close off the lane in a hurry. "They clog up the lane well with Hibbert," Cavs coach Byron Scott said. "They are just a very good solid defensive team. They want you to be a jump-shooting team and they want to contest them. They have some giants in the lane. They are going to be handful for somebody in the playoffs."
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