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INDIANAPOLIS -- Frank Vogel, who needs Frank Vogel?

Not the Indiana Pacers.

The Pacers overcame a 20-point deficit at the start of the fourth quarter to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 99-94 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Tuesday.

George Hill led the Pacers with 27 points and David West added 15 for Indiana.

All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving had a game-high 29 points for the Cavaliers, who have blown leads of 27 points to Miami and 26 points to New York this season.

The win helped the Pacers move a step closer to wrapping up the third seed in the Eastern Conference. They get can get it with a victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Friday.

Vogel got his first ejection of the season when he picked up two technicals in the third quarter for arguing with the officials. Associate head coach Brian Shaw took over Vogel.

The move didn't work at first because the Pacers still struggled, but the Pacers woke up early in the final quarter when Shaw benched the starters momentarily.

The starters returned during a 17-0 run to bring energy back in the building. The Pacers tied the score at 92-92 on a Hill basket and foul. They took the lead on his free throw.

The Pacers outscored Cleveland 35-10 in the fourth quarter. Pacers center Roy Hibbert didn't play during the final period because he struggled defending pick-and-rolls.

NOTES: Former Pacers president Larry Bird attended his first game of the season. Bird stepped down as president last June for health reasons. ... Pacers coach Frank Vogel wore a red tie in honor of Louisville coach Rick Pitino and the national champion Cardinals. Pitino hired Vogel to be a video coordinator when he was the coach at Kentucky. ... The Pacers clinched their fifth Central Division title when the Chicago Bulls lost to the Detroit Pistons on Sunday. ... Cleveland was without C.J. Miles (concussion), Anderson Varejao (blood clot), Dion Waiters (knee) and Luke Walton (ankle).
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