Wednesday, 15 August, 2018

Pacers rally past Cavs, road Warriors extend streak

Kristopher Love | 14 January, 2018, 16:15

Eastern Conference, 9-4 ATS in their last 13 Saturday games and 1-9 ATS in their last 10 vs. NBA Atlantic.

The Pacers are a fascinating team this season.

It was the second of a tough three-game stretch for the Raptors where they played the Southeast Division-leading Heat, the Eastern Conference champion Cavaliers, and then the National Basketball Association champion Golden State Warriors on Saturday.

Milwaukee played some of its best ball with Antetokounmpo on the bench.

So the Cavs could be an angry team seeking revenge or a exhausted team reeling after losing for the seventh time in 10 games. LeBron seems to be the only player who recognizes that.

LeBron James and Kevin Love led the Cavaliers, each picking up a double-double, with James scoring 27 points and handing out 11 assists, while also grabbing eight rebounds.

Whatever the reason, the Cavs were inconsistently consistent.

LeBron James was not a happy camper after losing back-to-back games by more than 25 points for the first time in his career.

But the guy with a knack for getting inside opponents' heads with unthinkable stunts, like blowing in James' ear or giving him a thumb in the side - as television replays showed during the game - played the instigator perfectly.

Lance Stephenson's 16 points and 11 rebounds, along with Darren Collison's 22 points, saw the Pacers register a third win in four and make it three-out-of-three against the Cavaliers. At this point, three and a half, four years in this thing, I hope not. So when Irving witnessed a video of James laying into his Cavaliers teammates on Thursday night, it elicited an impulsive - or perhaps intentional - response from the Boston Celtics guard, which manifested itself in the form of an Instagram like. As a result, IN faced a 24-6 deficit with 4:48 remaining IN the first quarter.

NETS 110, HAWKS 105: Spencer Dinwiddie had 20 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds, and Jahlil Okafor added 17 points in a reserve role as Brooklyn won at Atlanta. According to ESPN.com, the Raptors win probability never dropped below 99% in the second half and both team's starting units were pulled by the fourth quarter. Thomas went 0-for-11 with several attempts blocked before ending the drought with 7:22 left in the third quarter. For much of the fourth quarter, the Pacers went with a lineup that featured Thaddeus Young at center, and Bojan Bogdanovic and Stephenson at forward.

Thomas, who will sit out at IN because he has not been cleared to play both nights of a back-to-back, finished with four points, two rebounds and three assists, hitting 2-of-15 field goals and 0-for-6 from long range.

Prior to Saturday's 97-95 loss to the Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in IN, a report emerged stating there is unrest in Cleveland, as players are unhappy with head coach Tyronn Lue's comments following the team's loss earlier in the week against the Toronto Raptors.