Indiana Pacers Game Recap: Running Out of Gas

Aubrey Yates
January 14, 2018

Then, James' desperation 3 bounced high off the rim.

LeBron James and Kevin Love led the Cavaliers, each picking up a double-double, with James scoring 27 points and handing out 11 assists, while also grabbing eight rebounds.

After getting humiliated on the boards against LeBron's old team, the Miami Heat, the Raptors completely turned the tables, outrebounding the Heat by 28 in setting a season-high with 63 boards.

James has three kids with wife Savannah Brinson: LeBron Jr. "I just felt like I was a little off rhythm-wise".

"He's a little tough firecracker for sure", DeRozan said. "I know the game plan changes between who you're playing, who you're guarding, what each team does. So they caught me on the retaliation, so - but he played well tonight". While everyone expects LeBron James and company to be (very) unsafe before the NBA Playoffs arrive, the team just dropped two straight games by 25-plus points and, outside of a wild winning streak, Cleveland's production has been quite pedestrian. They led Game Three of their First-Round series against the Cavs by 26-points. Playing two series on the road is a bit more hard. Friday's funk was better than it has been lately, however.

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They've lost seven of their last 10 games, capped off by the Cavs' 133-99 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Thursday. DeRozan finished the night with 13 points and eight assists in 29 minutes.

McMillan and the Pacers were fortunate that LeBron's final shot missed. The Pacers cut a bit of the lead in the second, then doubled up Cleveland in the third quarter, 32-16, taking a 2-point lead to the fourth.

Although the win helped Toronto stay ahead of Cleveland in the standings, both Casey and all-star guard DeMar DeRozan said they didn't think the game was make-or-break for the Raptors' season. Which is what Lue was trying to address when he made his cryptic "agenda" comment after the Toronto game. So, 'Oh my man didn't score, but he scores.' No, that's not team basketball. "It's just been a process of us learning a right rhythm, finding a comfort within it". Guys get paid to make decisions and move pieces around. When guys are struggling, we have to get guys easy shots or open shots and continue to encourage those guys. "I'm going to throw this away".

"We've got to be better", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said.

Blake Griffin says he's fully recovered from the concussion he suffered last weekend and marveled at how his Los Angeles Clippers have maneuvered their way around a series of injuries to key players this season. Talk about a welcome home gift. "The biggest thing that I see we're not doing, we're not playing for each other right now, offensively and defensively", said Thomas. "Every night is a different animal that you've got to attack, and our job and our approach is to be consistent as much as possible each night".

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