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Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Pacers beat the Cavs again in another thriller

Pacers beat the Cavs again in another thriller

Lance Stephenson finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds across 30 minutes off the bench in Friday's 97-95 win against Cleveland. "In the third quarter, we didn't exert as much as we did in the first half and we let them get back into the game".

The final seconds of the game saw James step out of bounds on his way to a potential game-winning layup. They are 3-7 over their last 10, and are closer to eighth-4 games back of Indiana-than they are to first.

"We had a lot of good looks, but they just didn't go down", James said of those missed chances late in the game. "I think in the first we weren't settled down ... but once we started getting a little bit of flow, we started getting more comfortable".

Asked what he meant by "agendas", Lue declined to elaborate, saying he meant "just what I said". He also continued his years of irritating LeBron James and earned a technical foul on James in the fourth quarter. Without both their starting point guard and backup point guard in the lineup - and were both given the night off to rest - Cleveland built a 22-point lead, had its best defensive quarter of the season by holding in to 12 points in the opening frame and kept the Pacers to 97 points overall (far better than the 127, 127 and 133 the, and hung on them the previous three games). "My bags have been half-packed since I got here. This is the first time he reacted to me". I do not. The only thing is with my kids getting older, that's the only thing that kind of stops me from going as long as I would like to. I should've known. I've known since school that it's not the guy who tells the joke that gets called, it's the guy who laughs. "That will be a deciding factor in how long I want to play".

Cavaliers= 0-3 against the #Pacers. With 5.5 seconds left, they got the switch they were hoping for with Darren Collison trying to guard James, but James stepped on the baseline and turned it over to Indiana.

However, James is a family man, and he has said that that will influence his decision.

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Cleveland Cavaliers Cedi Osman dunks during the first half of Friday's game against the Indiana Pacers. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Oladipo took to shouting DPOY to Collison in the locker room after the game.

The Cavaliers are 26-16, and a whopping seven games behind the Boston Celtics.

But after officials separated them once, Stephenson got back to guarding LeBron and coaxed him into one more shove.

Players have grumbled that James has slowed the ball movement, holding onto the ball until he sees an "assist" pass, rather than moving it quickly.

"Coming out in the third, we were just walking around".

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