pacers_cavs_scoreboard_WPPaul George had 21 points and 13 rebounds in the Indiana Pacers’ 89-74 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Lance Stephenson added 22 points for Indiana, which is off to a 3-0 start for the second time in the last three years.

Dion Waiters netted 17 points to go with four steals, while Kyrie Irving added 15 points and five assists for the Cavaliers, who have dropped seven in a row to Indiana.

The Pacers led throughout most of the contest and put the game away early in the fourth.

After Jarrett Jack’s jumper pulled Cleveland within 65-57 with 11:33 remaining, Indiana answered with a 14-4 run. Stephenson had 10 points during the surge, including a triple to cap it and increase the cushion to 79-61 with 7:46 left. The margin swelled to as high as 19 down the stretch.

The Pacers led 21-16 after a quarter of play, 43-37 at the break and 62-55 after three.

NOTES: Roy Hibbert had 11 points and five rebounds for Indiana … Anderson Varejao tallied 14 points and six boards for Cleveland … The Cavs shot just 34.9 percent (29-of-83).

POSTGAME QUOTES
Frank Vogel

“A solid W for our guys.  Kudos to C.J. (Watson) and Donald Sloan for stepping up for George Hill.  Paul George and Lance Stephenson are guys who really drove the ship tonight.  Lance has been our most efficient offensive player this year.  He has taken a giant step.  I want to see him keep it going.  It’s in his DNA to be aggressive.  I don’t have to tell him.  I’m happy with the defense.  We’re off to a strong start. We have to keep it going.  These guys when the games on the line, they tighten the screws.  I’m happy with the way they handled their business tonight.  We certainly have to cut down our turnovers.”

C.J. Watson
“(On his start tonight) I wanted to make a difference and fill a void.  We did a good job on defense forcing their guards and doubling on Ty (Tyler Zeller).  We tried to front Kyrie and slow him down with our transition defense.  We’re still learning.  We’re looking forward to getting better as we get to know each other better.  (On Indianapolis)  I think it’s going to be a good city to play in, in front of good fans.”

David West
“Very solid effort.  We came out strong with good defense.  We were being aggressive and playing well.  We didn’t relax and let them back in.  We cannot afford to sit back and watch this start.  (On Lance Stephenson) He’s being aggressive and playing well and looking for a bigger role.”

Paul George
“We came out with a good solid defensive job.  Our guards were boxing out, making it easier for our bigger guys.  We are still learning. We must still improve.”


Team 1 2 3 4 Score
Cleveland 16 21 18 19 74
Indiana 21 22 19 27 89
Officials:  Mark Lindsay, Bill Kennedy, Curtis Blair Attendance:  16242
Time Of Game: 2:10
Stats: Final
Cleveland MIN FG FGA 3P 3PA FT FTA OR DR TOT A PF ST TO BL PTS
T.Thompson 35:28 1 5 0 0 0 0 1 3 4 0 1 0 1 0 2
E.Clark 17:34 0 4 0 1 2 2 0 7 7 0 0 0 2 0 2
A.Varejao 29:07 6 9 0 0 2 2 2 4 6 0 4 3 4 0 14
D.Waiters 29:18 7 21 2 3 1 1 0 2 2 0 3 4 2 0 17
K.Irving 33:50 6 17 1 3 2 4 0 3 3 5 3 0 1 0 15
A.Bennett 12:32 0 4 0 1 0 0 2 4 6 0 1 2 0 0 0
J.Jack 24:28 4 8 0 2 0 0 0 2 2 3 3 2 4 0 8
C.Miles 18:40 2 9 0 5 4 4 1 1 2 2 3 2 0 0 8
T.Zeller 17:48 2 3 0 0 2 2 0 3 3 0 3 0 1 1 6
A.Gee 18:00 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 4 2 1 0 2
M.Dellavedova 1:05 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
S.Karasev 1:05 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
H.Sims 1:05 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM TOTALS 240 29 83 3 15 13 15 6 31 37 11 25 15 16 1 74
PERCENTAGES FG: 34.9% 3PT: 20% FT: 86.7% TEAM REB: 10 TOTAL TO: 16
Indiana MIN FG FGA 3P 3PA FT FTA OR DR TOT A PF ST TO BL PTS
P.George 30:11 8 17 3 6 2 2 1 12 13 3 1 2 4 0 21
D.West 24:59 2 7 0 0 0 0 1 2 3 2 4 0 0 2 4
R.Hibbert 28:11 5 9 0 0 1 2 0 5 5 0 2 0 4 2 11
L.Stephenson 31:47 7 13 5 7 3 5 0 5 5 3 3 0 2 0 22
C.Watson 31:21 2 8 0 3 3 3 0 4 4 6 1 2 0 0 7
S.Hill 9:23 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 3 1 0 0 1 1 4
L.Scola 19:26 2 6 0 1 0 0 1 2 3 1 1 0 3 0 4
D.Sloan 16:30 1 3 0 2 2 2 0 1 1 3 1 1 1 0 4
I.Mahinmi 19:49 0 1 0 0 2 4 4 3 7 1 2 0 3 1 2
O.Johnson 21:13 2 7 1 5 2 2 1 5 6 2 1 1 2 0 7
R.Butler 3:35 1 2 1 2 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 3
C.Copeland 3:35 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
G.Hill DNP – Coach’s Decision
TEAM TOTALS 240 32 77 10 28 15 20 10 41 51 24 16 6 20 6 89
PERCENTAGES FG: 41.6% 3PT: 35.7% FT: 75% TEAM REB: 8 TOTAL TO: 21
POINTS OFF TURNOVERS
Cleveland 18
Indiana 20
TECHNICALS: Cleveland 1, Indiana 1
Cleveland: D.Waiters
Indiana: Defensive Three Second

 

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