Cavaliers end three-game skid with close win over Pacers | Inquirer Sports

Cavaliers end three-game skid with close win over Pacers

/ 02:59 PM January 03, 2022
Evan Mobley Cavaliers

Evan Mobley #4 and Isaac Okoro #35 of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrate after scoring during the second quarter against the Miami Heat at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on December 13, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio. Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Evan Mobley had a team-high 24 points and Kevin Love added 20, lifting the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 108-104 victory over the visiting Indiana Pacers on Sunday night.

In helping the Cavaliers end a three-game skid, Love’s 16-footer gave Cleveland the lead for good. The basket followed consecutive 3-pointers by Duane Washington Jr. and Oshae Brissett that allowed the Pacers to draw even one final time at 90 early in the fourth period.

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While Indiana, which lost its fourth straight, was going 3:21 without a point, Jarrett Allen followed Love’s hoop with a layup before Lauri Markkanen hit a 3-pointer for a 97-90 advantage with 7:30 to play.

The Pacers got no closer than five after that until Washington drilled another 3-pointer, his fourth of the game, with 8.1 seconds left to pull the visitors to 107-104. But Cleveland’s Brandon Goodwin hit a free throw 1.2 seconds later to provide the final margin.

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After a tight first half, the Pacers led 84-73 following a Justin Holiday 3-pointer with 3:04 remaining in the third period.

But a 3-point play by Lamar Stevens ignited a 17-0 Cavaliers burst that bridged the third and fourth quarters, giving the hosts a 90-84 lead and setting up Cleveland’s finishing push.

Mobley’s 24 points came on 11-for-16 shooting from the field. He also had nine rebounds.

Love complemented his 20 points with eight rebounds, while Jarrett Allen compiled a double-double with 18 points and a team-high 11 rebounds to go with three blocks for the Cavaliers, who outrebounded the visitors 58-47.

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Stevens finished with 15 points off the bench and Markkanen had 12.

Domantas Sabonis went for 32 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists — all game highs — for the Pacers, who lost despite hitting 19 of their 47 3-pointers while the Cavaliers hit just 6 of 26.

Holiday scored all of his 18 points on six 3-pointers in nine attempts, while Washington’s four threes accounted for a majority of his 20 points.

Myles Turner finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Keifer Sykes had 10 points and five assists for the Pacers, who were outscored 20-11 at the free-throw line.

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