The Pacers survived a cold shooting night on the court in Cleveland on Sunday evening to beat the Cavaliers, 82-78. Making just enough plays (and free throws) when points weren't coming easy and holding the Cavs without a point in the final 55 seconds of the game allowed the Pacers to improve their league-leading record to 27-6.
The four-point win was the closest winning margin this year for the Pacers but certainly not a finish they will look fondly upon after the season. After the straight survival win, the Paces spent the night in Cleveland with hopes to return to Indy on Monday in advance of their scheduled game against the Toronto Raptors on Monday.
The Raptors are stuck in Miami (boo hoo. Maybe the extra night on South Beach will make Tuesday like a back-to-back for the Raps) while the Pacers hope to return to Indy on a late-morning flight, according to Chis Denari.
Weather not bad right now in Cleveland. But delayed departure from hotel. Scheduled 2 leave at 8, now @Pacers leave at 11 w/ noon flight.— Chris Denari (@ChrisDenari) January 6, 2014
The temp is -13 in Indy this morning as all of the wet snow that fell yesterday is now crunchy mess. Hopefully both teams are in Indy, ready to roll on Tuesday night. The Pacers need a big game and seeking a little revenge against the Raptors would fit that category.
I talked about this and more on the Raptors game along with the challenge of the Paces hanging on to Lance Stephenson during my weekly appearance on The Phil Naessens Show.
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