NBA Game Summary - Indiana at Cleveland
(Friday, April 9th)
Final Score: Indiana 116, Cleveland 113
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Danny Granger scored 13 of his game-high 36 points in the fourth quarter, as the Pacers pulled out a 116-113 victory to deal Cleveland, playing without star LeBron James, only its fifth home loss of the season.
All five Indiana starters scored in double figures, with Brandon Rush and Earl Watson recording 16 points apiece. Watson had a team-best 10 assists, while Troy Murphy posted 14 points and a game-high 11 rebounds in the Pacers' third win in a row and fourth in the last five games.
J.J. Hickson had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who rested James for a second straight game with the Eastern Conference's top seed already in hand. Mo Williams was also rested.
Sebastian Telfair poured in a season-best 21 points off the bench, and Anthony Parker scored 17 for Cleveland, which had its 11-game home winning streak snapped to fall to 35-5 at Quicken Loans Arena this season.
The Cavs dropped back-to-back games for the first time since a season-high three-game slide from February 18-21 and have lost three of the last four games overall.
"I thought offensively we did some really, really good things. But, both nights (Thursday's loss to Chicago) defensively we just have not been quite gritty enough," said Cavs coach Mike Brown. "I thought tonight Indiana got in the teeth of our defense too many times which caused us to help. Sometimes we were over-helping."
Indiana held a 26-25 edge after 12 minutes, but Cleveland scored seven of the half's final nine points to take a 57-55 lead into halftime.
The game remained tight in the third quarter, as A.J. Price dropped in a three-pointer for an 80-78 Pacers lead with 3:21 left. The Cavs again finished strong to take an 84-83 edge into the final period.
The game's largest lead was six, held by the hosts after a 13-3 run through the middle stages of the fourth. Jawad Williams and Telfair both hit three- pointers during the surge to open up a 99-93 lead with seven minutes to play.
Mike Dunleavy countered with a rare four-point play, and two Granger free throws pulled Indiana to within one, 103-102, with 3:22 on the clock.
"I think the four-point play by Mike Dunleavy was pretty big. That was huge. That cut it right back down to two, and it was kind of teeter-totter, back- and-forth, and luckily we pulled out the win," said Granger.
Rush and Granger buried threes on consecutive Pacer possessions with 1:22 remaining for a two-point lead, then Granger and Watson got to the hoop for back-to-back layups for a 112-108 advantage with 24.7 seconds to go.
Parker used every part of the rim to rattle home a three-pointer from the right wing around four straight Granger free throws to get within 114-113 with 3.9 ticks to go.
Parker's second bid at a three-pointer was way off the mark as time expired.
Indiana will miss the postseason for a fourth straight year but has won nine of the last 11 games coming down the stretch with three to play...Cleveland's Antawn Jamison suffered a foot contusion in Thursday's loss to Chicago and was held out...The Pacers are just 8-32 away from Conseco Fieldhouse in 2009-10...Cleveland was aiming for its second sweep of the Pacers in three years...Since the start of the 2008-09 campaign, the Cavs are an NBA-best 74-7 at home...Roy Hibbert tallied 12 points and Dunleavy 10 for the visitors...Jamario Moon had a season-high 15 points, and Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 14 off the bench for Cleveland...Delonte West tied a career high with 12 assists in the loss.
04/10 00:38:10 ET