The Indiana Pacers pieced together one of the best games of the season, securing a crucial late-season win against the Cleveland Cavaliers to bring their magic number to clinching a playoff spot to 2. The Pacers shot 63% in the first half, staying hot in the second half to shoot 56% for the night. Cleveland was without LeBron James, who rested tonight and did a great job making the Cavs offense two dimensional with Kevin Love (23 points) and Kyrie Irving (26).
Paul George led the way for the Pacers with 29 points, including four three pointers in the second half on a night the Pacers made 16. C.J. Miles had six three pointers on his own, scoring 21 points. Solomon Hill was huge for the Pacers as well, scoring 15 with three three pointers of his own, shutting down Love when the two were in together. Ian Mahinmi scored 15 as well with Monta Ellis reaching double figures with 13.
The Detroit Pistons secured a comeback victory over Orlando, keeping them within 0.5 a game of the Pacers, who move to 42-36, sitting in seventh.