Pacers Final Score: Pacers tough out Cavaliers 96-81

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Indiana used a strong second half to beat the Cavs.

After allowing 58 points in the first half, the Indiana Pacers gave up just 23 in the second as they erased a 16-point second quarter deficit on their way to a 15-point win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs shot well in the first half in a game C.J. Miles scored 28 points, almost all of them coming in that first half. Cleveland began to slow down considerably when they didn't hit a field goal in the final 3:39 of the half.

The Pacers used an 18-0 run in the second and third to regain the lead, and aside from a quick Cavs run, wouldn't look back. Paul George led the Pacers with 27 points, David West had 18, 9, and 7. George Hill had 17, but struggled shooting. Ben Hansbrough gave the bench some of its best energy of the year, even if the results were still an overall mixed bag. The Pacers scored 24 fast break points and assisted on 23 of their 34 field goals. Lance Stephenson left the game early in the third with a moderate ankle sprain.

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