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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers Preview 01/12/18

14 January 2018

With an embarrassing 133-99 defeat that marked their worst loss of the season, the Cavs fell for the sixth time in their last eight games, done in by a 16-point second quarter in which they shot 5-of-20 from the field.

Stephenson's versatility as a 6-6 swingman with strength gives the Pacers options that coach Nate McMillan may use on the road trip.

But an 11-0 start to the second half on Friday kept things more than interesting the rest of the way. Kevin Durant and Draymond Green led the way for Golden State in the win, combining for 47 points with Stephen Curry sidelined.

His son, LeBron James Jr., is already considered a potential National Basketball Association star at just 13 and James said he doesn't like missing many of his games and that will factor into his decision about how much longer to play.

"It feels good, but it's a long season", a more subdued Stephenson said in the locker room. The Pacers had just 3 turnovers after halftime and didn't allow a single point off turnovers.

James also was baited into a technical foul by Lance Stephenson with 7:53 left in the game. Boston can't do it two years in a row, due to league rules, so it's just Cleveland Toronto is jockeying with for that honour.

"We've been learning it, appreciating it, understanding it, since Day 1 of training camp", said DeRozan on the court of the Biosteel Centre, the Raptors' practice facility.

"Lance is just a little dirty, that's all. We've got to try to pick it back up and find it".

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The former Sheffield Wednesday coach will need to assess both Renato Sanches and Tammy Abraham before kick-off as they try to overcome hamstring and hip injuries respectively.

"They will only use [the Brooklyn pick] in Cleveland, I'm told, if it's a player they think can put them over the top", Wojnarowski told "Outside The Lines" host Matt Barrie. "But he played well tonight".

Stephenson did play well, scoring 16 points and adding 11 rebounds off the bench.

Fred VanVleet scored a career-high 22 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and a season-high 18 rebounds and the Raptors overcame the absences of two starters.

Oladipo once again provided the late-game heroics.

The Indiana Pacers fought back from a 22-point first half deficit to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 97-95. Miami's 0.611 effective field goal percentage was their largest strength over IN, who had a mark of 0.506.

LeBron James and the Cavaliers have lost 7 of their last 10 games. I just like playing ball the right way, getting guys involved and winning the game also. "Luckily, he stepped out of bounds". He's been through many of them with both the Cavs and the Heat, and he's ended up in the NBA Finals seven straight seasons and won three titles during that stretch.

This Raptors game - a nationally televised affair against a playoff foe from the previous two seasons - would typically be the type of game the Dr. Jekyll Cavs would show up for.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers Preview 01/12/18