The Indiana Pacers held off a late rally to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers 82-78 Sunday evening.
Paul George scored 16 points, dished out six assists and grabbed five rebounds, Roy Hibbert had 15 points and six rebounds and David West added 11 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
The Cavaliers, who were playing without star point guard Kyrie Irving, got a game-high 21 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals from C.J. Miles while Dion Waiters scored 14 points (on six-of-17 shooting) off of the bench. Tristan Thompson had 13 points and 10 rebounds.
The Pacers had a 16-point lead in the fourth quarter and seemed poised to cruise to another easy victory. That’s when Waiters and the Cavaliers took over. Waiters, who struggled throughout most of the night, sparked a 16-1 Pacers run by scoring 12 points during that span, cutting the lead to 75-74. The two teams traded baskets over the next four possessions before Hibbert made two of four free throws to extend the lead to three. On the Cavaliers next possession, Earl Clark stepped out of bounds and West iced the game with a free throw.
The Pacers are now 27-6 while the Cavaliers are 11-23.