Pacers (15-11) were led by Victor Oladipo’s 33 points to survive a late-game rally by the Cavaliers. Oladipo scored 20 of his 33 points in the third quarter while being guarded by JR Smith who picked up 3 fouls in the process.
A late 3-pointer by Cavaliers’ shooting guard, JR Smith, reduced the deficit to one point but Pacers survived the last few minutes of the game by the way of a clutch performance by Oladipo who also added eight rebounds and five assists to his stat line.
“We had to be ready to play; they’re a great team and they’ve been playing really well. It was a great win. Now on to the next one.” – Oladipo
Myles Turner, Thaddeus Young, Cory Joseph, and Bojan Bogdanovic were other players who scored in double figures for the Pacers with 15, 13, 12, and 10 points respectively.
A near-triple double effort by LeBron James was not enough to keep Cavaliers from losing as the defending Eastern Conference Champions (18-8) fell for the second time to the Pacers this season. Cavaliers lost 107-124 to the Pacers on November 1 in Cleveland and are now 0-2 against Indiana.