NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, November 20th (All times eastern)
Cleveland Cavaliers (8-4) at Indiana Pacers (5-4), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Cleveland Cavaliers try to get back in the win column when they visit the Central Division-rival Indiana Pacers Friday night at Conseco Fieldhouse.
The division-leading Cavs had their five-game winning streak come to an end against the Washington Wizards on Wednesday, as Wizards forward Antawn Jamison thrived in his season debut with 31 points and 10 rebounds in a 108-91 victory. LeBron James recorded 34 points and nine assists, but also committed six of Cleveland's 16 turnovers.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas netted 10 points and pulled down nine rebounds, while Shaquille O'Neal sat out his third straight game due to a strained shoulder. Jamario Moon and Darnell Jackson each had 10 points for the Cavs, who wasted a 17-point second-half lead. O'Neal is expected to miss Friday's game and James is listed as probable after tweaking his wrist on a dunk.
"The free throws, the second chance points and the turnovers, they converted," admitted James. "They did a good job of offensive rebounding with us being shorthanded with our bigs. They took advantage of that."
Much like Cleveland, the Pacers are hoping to get back into the win column after having their five-game winning streak stopped with Wednesday's 110-103 loss versus the New York Knicks.
Danny Granger registered a game-best 33 points and grabbed seven boards before fouling out for Indiana. Dahntay Jones scored 25 points and Roy Hibbert ended with 14 and 12 rebounds in defeat.
"We did not maintain the tempo that we did in the first half," said Pacers head coach Jim O'Brien "That's a credit to them. They're a very deep team. Forget about their record."
Cleveland went 3-1 against Indiana last season and has won 13 of the last 15 matchups between the teams. The Cavs have won five of its last seven trips to Conseco Fieldhouse.
11/20 10:34:19 ET