The Cleveland Cavaliers shot just 27-79 (34.2%) from the field, including 6-20 (30.0%) from behind the arc, as they fell to the Indiana Pacers, 82-78. This is the seventh win for Indiana (27-6) in its last 10 games.
Paul George scored 16 points on 4-10 shooting from the field (2-6 from behind the arc) and 6-6 from the free throw line. Other key players for Indiana included Roy Hibbert with 15 points and 6 rebounds, and David West with 11 points and 7 rebounds. On 8-13 shooting (2-5 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 3-5 from the free throw line, C.J. Miles put up 21 points for Cleveland in the loss. Tristan Thompson chipped in 13 points and 10 rebounds.
The Cavaliers had an eFG% of just 38.0% paired with a poor TO% of 19.9. They are winless (0-5) this season when turning the ball over on more than 17% of their possessions while also failing to eclipse 45% in eFG%. From a defensive perspective, the Pacers are undefeated (6-0) when forcing such performances from their opponents.
Cleveland (11-23) has now dropped three in a row to Indiana.
Coming up, the Pacers square off with the Toronto Raptors, who are 16-16 on the season. The Cavaliers go up against the Philadelphia 76ers, currently sitting at 12-21 this year. The Pacers have a 1-1 record against Toronto this season. The Cavaliers are 1-1 versus Philadelphia this season.
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