INDIANAPOLIS -- Forward Paul George contributed a game-high 21 points and corralled eight rebounds to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 91-76 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday in front of a sold-out crowd at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Center Roy Hibbert added 19 points and five blocked shots. Forward/guard Danny Grangers came off the bench to add a season-high 12 points
Center Anderson Varejao led the Cavaliers with 14 points on 5-of-13 shooting. Guard Dion Waiters came off the bench to add 12.
The combination of guards George Hill, Lance Stephenson and C.J. Watson kept Cavaliers leading scorer Kyrie Irving to his second-lowest scoring total of the year with 10 points. The third-year guard averages 22.6 points
The Pacers improved to a NBA-best 15-1 at home, while Cleveland dropped to 2-14 on the road, an NBA-worst.
The back-and-forth battle remained tight as neither team strung together runs to put the other away, until midway through the fourth when the Pacers went on a 19-6 run to take a 87-74 lead.
The Pacers took the lead, 71-68, when Watson found George cutting to the basket for the layup, and plus-one after Waiters committed the foul.
Point guard Jarrett Jack hit Cleveland's final field goal on a jumper with 7:31 remaining in the fourth to pull within three at 75-72.
Both teams struggled shooting in the first half with the Cavaliers hitting just 39.5 percent. Despite its 17-of-43 shooting, Cleveland held a 44-41 lead.
The Pacers called a timeout with 4:01 left in the third, Irving struggled to walk back to the Cleveland bench and went to the floor at midcourt holding his left knee and was assisted to the locker room by teammates and trainers. He did return to the floor in the fourth.
NOTES: The Cavaliers entered Tuesday's game having lost seven of their last eight games, including five straight. ... The Cavs began Tuesday leading the Eastern Conference (fourth best in the NBA) in bench scoring averaging 39.9 points. ... Pacers assigned rookie F Solomon Hill to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Developmental League on Sunday. Hill was Indiana's first-round draft pick in 2013. ... Indiana entered the day having won seven straight and 13 of the last 14 games over the Cavaliers, including an 89-74 victory on Nov. 2. ... Pacers G Lance Stephenson began Tuesday leading the NBA in triple-double performances this season with three.