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Pacers Links: Happy New Year!

Pacers ring in the new year in Toronto tonight after finishing off the Cleveland Cavaliers on New Year's Eve with a stout defensive effort down the stretch.

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The Pacers 91-76 win over the Cavs on New Year's Eve afternoon certainly didn't feel like a 15-point win. But there it is, for the fifth time in a row, the Pacers put up a double-digit win, casually dealt with the media after the game and then took off for Toronto for a game tonight.

It appeared the Pacers were going to assert their will as usual in the third quarter with a quick 6-0 run fuel by a few suffocating defensive possessions, but the Cavs kept making shots and remained in the game. Meanwhile, the Pacers were struggling to make shots, especially from behind the arc.

A 5 for 25 effort from three-land with Lance Stephenson (0-3) and Paul George (2-11) leading the clankfest, made for a rough offensive day. PG admitted he was frustrated after the game because he had great looks and the ball felt good coming off his hands. But alas, one of those days win a few in-and-out shots become trend toward a missed shot epidemic.

PG really wanted to make a shot before the game ended but passed up his last perimeter opportunity to do this.

Good choice. Mmm, did you see the sleight of hand action with the ball by Stephenson? Yep, this is what amounts to a rough day for the Pacers. A 15-point win that includes the above nasty highlight. Of course, the Cavs would take issue with any complaints from Indiana about an off day, since they were ambushed by the league's top D in the fourth quarter, making just three of 16 shots. See ya!

On to Toronto and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Check out the links:

Cavaliers at Pacers - Box score

Game Rewind: Pacers 91, Cavaliers 76 | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS


Pacers close out year with 91-76 win over Cavs - 1070 The Fan

Final score: Indiana Pacers ruin New Years Eve for Cleveland Cavaliers, win 91-76 - Fear The Sword

Indiana Pacers outscore Cleveland Cavaliers in fourth quarter, 26-10, for 91-76 victory; Irving hurts left knee |

Cleveland Cavaliers should push hard to make a deal for Pau Gasol: Terry Pluto |

Cavaliers fall 91-76 after Kyrie Irving hurts knee - Cavs - Ohio

Post-Game Grades: Pacers Restrict the Cavs | 8 Points, 9 Seconds Fools Dictionary (Why the Cavs really thought they could beat the Pacers)

Cavs' Kyrie Irving to have MRI on left knee - AP

Tip-In: New and Improved. Raptors Take Down Bulls, Prepare for Pacers - Raptors HQ

The overhaul of the Toronto Raptors - Grantland