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 on Tuesday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
"I'm proud of our team for their resolve in coming back," Vogel said. "We've been in situations with a lot of time left and coaches try to change the game. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't work. We went with our bench and I overreacted to some calls."
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 blew a 27-point lead to Miami earlier this season.
"You would think after three times we'd learn, after two times really," Cavaliers coach Byron Scott said. "But obviously we didn't."
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.
"We recognize we're not playing well right now," Vogel said.
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 for Vogel.
The Cavaliers had their way against the Pacers during the first three quarters. They shot almost 54 percent from the field and led 84-64 at the end of the third quarter. The Pacers only shot 35 percent during that same span.
The move didn't work at first because the Pacers still struggled, but the Pacers woke up early in the fourth quarter when Shaw benched the starters momentarily.
"I basically continued that theme, trying to change the game," Shaw said. "You keep searching for the right combination of guys to get it done on both sides of the ball."
The starters returned during a 17-0 run to bring energy back in the building. The run ended at 25-4 for Indiana. The Pacers tied the score at 92 on a Hill basket and foul. They took the lead on his free throw.
"The first three quarters we were letting them do what they wanted to do," Hill said. "We have to push the issue and make them do what we want them to do."
The Pacers outscored Cleveland 35-10 in the fourth quarter. The Cavaliers were 4 of 20 from the field in the fourth quarter.
"It came down to effort, we had a 20-point lead with nine minutes to go and then they started to make their run," Irving said. "We all have to take responsibility as a team, we all took our foot off the gas."
NOTES: Former Pacers president Larry Bird attended his first game of the season. Bird stepped down as president last June for health reasons. ... 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). ... The Pacers attempted a season-high 46 free throws, making 31. ... Irving tied his career high with eight turnovers.