LeBron leads Cavs over Pacers
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – LeBron James scored 26 points, pulled down
seven rebounds, and tallied six assists, and the Cleveland Cavaliers topped
the Indiana Pacers, 105-94.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 23 points, and Eric Snow added 14 points for
Cleveland, which has won two of three and pulled to within 2 1/2 games of idle
Detroit for the top spot in both the Central Division and the Eastern
Jermaine O’Neal scored 32 points for the Pacers, who have lost four of five,
and 15 of 17 overall. Danny Granger scored 22 points for Indiana, and Troy
Murphy added 16 points. Jamaal Tinsley finished with 15 points and 12 assists
The Pacers missed a valuable chance to pull even with idle New Jersey for the
eighth and final playoff spot in the East. Indiana fell to one game behind the
Nets, with the Knicks only one game behind the Pacers, two games behind New
An 8-2 Pacers run cut the Cleveland lead to one, at 81-80, after an O’Neal
hook with 8:13 left. Pavlovic hit a jumper and put in a reverse layup and,
after one Murphy free throw, James dropped in an alley-oop layup to put
the Cavs ahead 87-81 with 6:58 left.
Murphy cut the lead to 89-85 with a jumper at the 5:09 mark, but Cleveland
answered with an 11-4 run to seal the game. Snow converted a three-point play
on the spurt, which Ilgauskas capped with two free throws to put the Cavs
ahead, 100-89, with only 54 seconds left.
The Pacers closed the third quarter with a 14-6 stretch to slice a 69-58
Cavs advantage to 75-72 heading into the fourth quarter.
O’Neal scored 10 points in the first quarter, but the Pacers still trailed
25-22 entering the second.
The Cavs led 53-45 at the half.
Neither team was impressive from behind the arc, with the Cavs only making 2-
of-13 three-pointers, and the Pacers only sinking 3-of-15…Cleveland
outrebounded Indiana, 43-33.