The decision to hire Tyronn Lue continues to look better by the day as the Cavaliers pulled out an overtime victory at Indiana, 111-106.
Kyrie Irving was the star in the game, scoring 10 of Cleveland’s last 17 points,
including a 13-foot jumper to tie the game and send it to overtime. In overtime he continued his clutch play, scoring eight points including the four free throws that sealed the game. Irving is now 32 for 32 on overtime free throws in his career.
Of course, Irving did have help, particularly from the Cavaliers’ starters. Every starter played over 40 minutes and scored at least 14 points, including double-doubles by LeBron James and Tristan Thompson. Combined, the starting five scored 101 of the Cleveland’s 111 points.
James was dominant in the first half, capping it with a steal and buzzer-beating dunk to give Cleveland a 60-49 halftime lead. However, in the third quarter he hurt his shoulder and while he continued to play, he was less effective, only scoring seven points the rest of the night. James called it a stinger and still finished with 24 points, 12 rebounds, and six assists.
“We’re learning how to win in tough situations, and tonight was one of those,” James said in his postgame press conference.
It didn’t look like a tough situation at halftime though, when the Pacers were down by double-digits. Indiana’s defense fought them back into the game by only allowing 15 points in the third quarter.
Paul George and Monta Ellis struggled with their shooting all game, so the Pacers had to look to the Hills. George Hill ended the game with a season-high 23 points, including a 3-pointer with 53 seconds left in regulation that gave the Pacers a two-point lead. Jordan Hill was the second leading scorer adding 17 points of his own. Pacers coach Frank Vogel tried to put a positive spin on his team’s performance.
“Our two best scorers had off shooting nights and we still had a chance to beat the best team in the East,” Vogel said.
The win snapped the Cavaliers’ 10 game losing streak at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, dating back to 2010. (ESPN)
They are 10-1 in their last 11 road games since starting the season 6-9. They’ll look to continue their road dominance on Wednesday night when they visit the Charlotte Hornets.