Indiana Pacers (40-26) at Cleveland Cavaliers (22-44), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Indiana Pacers will try to stem a two-game losing
streak Monday night when they visit Central Division rivals, the Cleveland
The Pacers have dropped three of their last four, including a home loss to the
Los Angeles Lakers on Friday when Kobe Bryant only played the first quarter
for the Lakers.
The following night, Indiana couldn't handle the Philadelphia 76ers in the
City of Brotherly Love. The Pacers fell to the Sixers 98-91 at the Wells
"I think it's just we're at that point in the season," explained Pacers coach
Frank Vogel. "It's a grind, a lot of guys are playing, and have played all
season, a heck of a lot more minutes than they have ever played before. We
seem like we're a step slow in a lot of areas and we just have to grind
through. It's a concern, not alarming."
Roy Hibbert paced the Pacers with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Paul George and
David West both had 18 points, while George added 14 boards and eight assists.
George Hill added 13 in the loss on 5-for-15 shooting.
The Pacers still lead the Central Division by 3 1/2 games over the Chicago
Bulls. The Cavs are just a mere 18 games behind and they are without All-Star
guard Kyrie Irving with a sprained left shoulder.
The Cavs went to Texas for a pair of games this weekend and came out 0-2. They
fell to the Dallas Mavericks, 96-86 on Friday night, then fell 119-113 to the
San Antonio Spurs on Saturday.
Wayne Ellington led the Cavaliers off the bench on Saturday night with 21
points. Marreese Speights added 19 in a reserve role as the second unit
tallied 53 points.
"Our bench guys did a good job of playing together and playing hard," said
head coach Byron Scott.
The Cavaliers played well enough to win the game against the Spurs. Cleveland
shot 50.6 percent from the field, 46.7 percent from long range and only
committed 11 turnovers.
What felled the Cavaliers was late miscues.
"We made some little mistakes with backdoor cuts and offensive rebound, just
things you can't do," said Scott. "You have to make them earn it and we kind
of game them a few buckets."
The Pacers have won four straight over the Cavaliers, including both of this
season's matchups. Indiana has taken 10 of the last 11 against the Cavs and
five of the last six in Cleveland.
03/18 10:48:23 ET
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