NBA Game Summary - Cleveland at Indiana
(Friday, November 24th)
Final Score: Indiana 97, Cleveland 87
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Jermaine O'Neal netted a team-high 29 points, and the Pacers used a second-half rally to beat Cleveland, 97-87, at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Jamaal Tinsley added 19 points, pulled down five rebounds and had six assists, while Saru Jasikevicius donated 15 points for the Pacers, who trailed by as many as 16 points in the first half.
Indiana now trails the Cavaliers in the Central standings by just one game. They have won three of four.
LeBron James scored 30 points to pace the Cavs, who lost their second straight game. They fell to the Toronto Raptors, 95-87, on Wednesday. James also had seven rebounds and dished out five assists.
Drew Gooden had a double-double, posting 17 points and 12 boards in a losing effort.
Indiana jumped out to a 21-6 lead following the opening tipoff, behind the strong play of Gooden, who netted seven points in the first six minutes of the contest.
The Pacers shot just 5-of-20 from the field in the first quarter and were trailing 27-12 before cutting their deficit to seven, 29-22, at 9:52 in the second.
Cleveland followed with a 9-0 run, with James having a hand in nearly every score. He opened the burst with two free throws, nabbed an assist on Anderson Varajeo's layup shot, then hit two more from the charity stripe before Jones capped things with a three-point shot.
Indiana matched the nine-point effort later in the half, but found themselves at the wrong end of a 56-44 margin heading into the locker room.
The Pacers outscored Cleveland 25-9 in the third period, taking their first lead of the game, 64-63, following a 3-pointer by Jasikevicius late in the period. Overall, they used a 17-4 run capped by Armstrong's 25-foot three- pointer from the right wing with 24 ticks on the clock.
The Cavaliers never regained the lead in the final stanza, trailing 69-68 to open the session and by 11 points with 2:41 left in the game.
Cleveland shot 28-for-68 (41.2 percent) from the field while the Pacers were 30-for-76 (39.5 percent)...Indiana scored 24 points off turnovers...The Cavs had taken the last three meetings between the division foes.
11/24 23:29:25 ET