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Pacers Outlast Cleveland In Eastern Conference Match-up

The Indiana Pacers picked up their second win of the season in a grind-it-out battle with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Both teams now hold 2-3 records.

The first half was especially rough with the Pacers scoring only 42 points, but holding their opponents to only 37. They shot 36.5% and 33.3% from the floor respectively. Scoring picked up in the second half as the tempo increased but scoring efficient rose only slightly for both teams. The final score was 102-95 in favor of Indiana. The Pacers won despite only shooting 5 of 27 from deep for the game. A 12-3 run in the middle of the fourth quarter helped them build a large enough lead to coast on until the end.

Victor Oladipo continues to be out after a ruptured quad cut his 2018-2019 season short. They also played without starting center Myles Turner who injured his ankle during a 118-108 win against the Brooklyn Nets on Monday. The Pacers were able to overcome the absence of these players thanks to great performances from their trio of Malcolm Brogdon, Jeremy Lamb, and Domantas Sabonis.

Sabonis was able to grab 17 boards to go along with 18 points along with 2 blocks. Lamb added another 21 points and 10 rebounds and shot over 50% despite going only 1 of 5 from three.

Brogdon has been the star of this Pacers team and had a game high 25 points with 9 boards and 6 assists. He is currently leading the NBA with 10.2 assists per game.

Veteran Kevin Love led the Cavaliers with 22 points and 17 rebounds. Sophomore Collin Sexton dropped in another 21 points and Jordan Clarkson scored 20 in 27 minutes off the bench.

The two teams played last Saturday in Cleveland, a game the Cavaliers won 110-98.

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Featured Photo Credit: Indianapolis Star

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