Pacers entertain Cavs in Central Division clash
(Sports Network) - After defeating LeBron James and his new Miami teammates last night, the Indiana Pacers will try to beat James' former team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, for the second time this season when the two Central Division foes collide Tuesday from Conseco Fieldhouse.
Indiana recorded a 93-77 victory in south Florida Monday night behind a season-high 20 points from Brandon Rush. Danny Granger added 20 points, 11 rebounds, and six assists for the Pacers, who have alternated wins and losses over their previous eight games.
"It is definitely a momentum builder for us," Rush said after his team gave up 25 points to James and held the Heat to 39 percent shooting. "We came into their building knowing how good they are supposed to be. They just had a bad night tonight."
The Pacers will also host Oklahoma City on their quick residency and got 13 points, six boards and five assists from reserve T.J. Ford. Indiana outscored the Heat, 35-19, in the second quarter and outrebounded the opposition by a 48-39 count.
Indiana point guard Darren Collison scored four points in 21:33 of action after missing three games with a sprained ankle.
Cleveland will close out a three-game road trip tonight and has lost two straight and four of five games since winning three in a row.
After losing Friday at New Orleans to kick off the road swing, the Cavs suffered a 116-92 loss in San Antonio the following night. Mo Williams scored 21 points and Daniel Gibson netted 17 for the Cavs, who committed 16 turnovers and shot 48 percent from the field.
"Against other teams, you make mistakes and sometimes they don't make you pay for it," Williams said. "But tonight, going into this game, we knew they'll make you pay for your mistakes. They're not going to beat themselves."
The Spurs set the tone with a 21-9 run to open the second quarter. Cavaliers center Ryan Hollins, who had three points and four boards, was ejected in the fourth quarter when he brought down Spurs rookie center Tiago Splitter with his forearm.
Indiana already beat Cleveland, 99-85, on November 13 this season at Quicken Loans Arena, as Granger led the way with 34 points on 13-of-21 shooting and Hibbert added 16 points and 13 boards. The Cavs have still won 17 of the past 23 meetings between the teams and six of seven trips to Indy.
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