The Cleveland Cavaliers shot just 29-80 (36.2%) from the field, including 1-12 (8.3%) from behind the arc, as they fell to the Indiana Pacers, 91-76. Indiana (25-5) is now on a five-game winning streak.
Paul George scored 21 points on 7-19 shooting from the field (2-11 from behind the arc) and 5-6 from the free throw line. Other key performers for Indiana were Roy Hibbert with 19 points and 5 blocks, and George Hill with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Despite the loss, Anderson Varejao put up 14 points for Cleveland on 5-13 shooting from the field and 4-6 from the free throw line. He also registered 11 rebounds. Kyrie Irving added 10 points and 5 rebounds.
As expected, the Cavaliers offense did not have its best game, struggling to make shots against a Pacers defense that ranks best in the league at forcing misses (44.6% opponents' eFG%). After finishing with an eFG% of 36.9% in this game, they rank 27th in the NBA in that metric at 46.7% this season. The Cavaliers posted an eFG% of just 36.9%, including 8.3% from 3-point range. This year, they are 1-8 when they record marks below 45% and 30% in those respective categories. On the other hand, the Pacers are undefeated (8-0) when holding their opponents to such low percentages.
Cleveland (10-21) has now lost six straight games.
Coming up, the Pacers battle the Toronto Raptors, who are 13-15 on the season. The Cavaliers go up against the Orlando Magic, currently sitting at 10-20 this year. The Pacers have a 1-0 record against Toronto this season. The Cavaliers are 1-0 versus Orlando this season.