Cavaliers-Pacers Recap: Indiana Keeps Cleveland Down With Epic Comeback

LeBron James

play0:53LeBron steps out of bounds on baseline drive. LeBron James was the top scorer from either team with 26 points on 9-for-16 shooting. He's played in just 21 games and started only five while struggling with a calf strain.

"My job is down low, grab those rebounds, I always say that". "We need Serge", the coach said. "Kevin threw a great pass. Bron, tough shot, but easy shot for him and he got a good look". He missed a 3-point attempt for the win at the buzzer.

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.

When Lue's "agendas" remark was relayed to LeBron James, James couldn't identify what Lue was referring to. Lance continued to pester LeBron throughout the night until he just finally had enough.

However, James is a family man, and he has said that that will influence his decision. I don't know. I don't have one. They caught me on the retaliation. "Two different styles that they play with".

Oladipo once again provided the late-game heroics. Friday's funk was better than it has been lately, however.

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.


Williams finished with 30 points and six assists, one night after scoring a career-high 50 against defending champion Golden State.

Early on, it seemed like Cleveland would walk all over the Pacers, getting a bit of revenge for their 0-2 start against IN to start the year. For the season, Cleveland has defeated opponents by an average of 1.1 points. But then a 16-2 run by the Pacers gave IN the lead heading into the final period. James had two chances to win the game at the death, but missed both of his three-pointer efforts. Which is what Lue was trying to address when he made his cryptic "agenda" comment after the Toronto game. "It's not you're guarding [Victor] Oladipo or I'm guarding Oladipo, we're all guarding Oladipo".

According to Shams Charania of The Vertical, "multiple teams have cited" Thompson as a player Cleveland is willing to move. They lost the lead and went on to drop the game by five.

"We just want to build from this and keep going".

"We all have to be accountable for our actions, accountable for how well we play, how we play, how hard we play, and what we are doing for one another", said James about his outburst.

Whether James is really going to play somewhere else next season or not doesn't matter right. now. Meanwhile, their defense was arguably better. Talk about a welcome home gift.

"You could win a hundred straight games and face the Warriors and there are still challenges", James said.

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