Pacers final score: Pacers escape Cavaliers 82-78

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A late Cleveland run nearly usurped a 16-point Pacers lead in a poor shooting night for both teams. Paul George led the Pacers with 16.

The Indiana Pacers used a 14-0 run into the fourth quarter, appearing to have the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers locked down, up 74-58 with under 10 minutes to go. But Cleveland responded with a 16-1 run thanks in large part to big shots from Dion Waiters to draw the game to within a point at 75-74. The run was fueled thanks in part to Indiana lethargy with 11 second half turnovers helping the Cavs put themselves in a position to mount the home comeback.

Indiana went nearly seven minutes without a field goal before David West put Indiana up three. Cleveland continued to push towards the lead, aided by poor free throw shooting as Roy Hibbert and West split three consecutive trips to the line, as Cleveland held the ball down three with the shot clock off. A late inbounds to Earl Clark was whistled out of bounds, and Indiana was able to hold on for the less than thrilling victory.

Paul George led five double figure Pacers with 16 points alongside five rebounds and six assists. Roy Hibbert was just 5-8 from the line, but finished with 15 with David West scoring 11 and Lance Stephenson pitching in 10. Danny Granger once again reached double figures off the bench, scoring 10 on just 4-12 shooting. C.J. Miles led the Cavs with 21 as Waiters scored 14 off the bench.

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