But Cleveland was indeed competitive for a change, almost rebounding from a season-worst 34-point loss Thursday in Toronto (and 28-point loss Monday in Minneapolis). It's the first time IN has beaten Cleveland three times IN a season since 2013-14.
Stephenson's versatility as a 6-6 swingman with strength gives the Pacers options that coach Nate McMillan may use on the road trip.
But an 11-0 start to the second half on Friday kept things more than interesting the rest of the way.
"We've got to be better", Lue said, per ESPN.
Valanciunas almost had a double-double in the first quarter, when he totaled nine points and nine rebounds in a little over six minutes because of foul trouble.
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However, Cleveland lacked defensive pressure against an opponent that was playing without two starters in Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka. DeRozan managed just 13 points on below 40-percent shooting, although he was able to set up teammates dishing 8 dimes without a turnover. Sixers forward Robert Covington had the worst night of all, knocking down just two field goals while registering a minus-25 with four turnovers. "That's all. He's a little dirty".
"Coming out in the third, we were just walking around. I know what I need to do, just play and be myself". They caught me on the retaliation. "But he played well tonight". But Jordan, who's averaging 11.8 points and 14.9 rebounds per game, actually might be an improvement over him. Then, after Collison made a free throw to give the Pacers a 97-95 lead, James' desperation 3 bounced high off the rim as the buzzer sounded.
Neither team made a field goal the rest of the way, with IN finishing the game on an 8-0 run.
Outside of getting snippy with reporters the other night, LeBron also shared a tense moment with Cavaliers player development coach Phil Handy during the first quarter of the game on Thursday.
"DC felt like Lance got hung up on a screen and called the switch", Oladipo said of the late turnover. "We've still got how many more games to go". LeBron drove baseline and got whistled for stepping out of bounds. He's been through many of them with both the Cavs and the Heat, and he's ended up in the NBA Finals seven straight seasons and won three titles during that stretch.
The two teams will wrap up their 4-game season series on January 26 in Cleveland. The win is Indiana's third over Cleveland this season and improves their record to 22-20. They lost the lead and went on to drop the game by five.