Pacers hand Cavs 15th straight loss to Central Division team

CLIFF BRUNT Associated Press Published:

By Cliff Brunt | Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS -- Paul George scored 27 points, and the Indiana Pacers overcame a 16-point deficit to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 96-81 on Wednesday night.

David West had 18 points and nine rebounds and George Hill added 17 points for the Pacers, who snapped a two-game skid.

Indiana, third in the NBA in scoring defense and No. 1 in opponent field-goal percentage coming in, held the Cavaliers to 23 points on 8-for-41 shooting in the second half. It was Cleveland's lowest-scoring half of the season.

The Cavaliers couldn't build on Tuesday's win over the Los Angeles Lakers. C.J. Miles scored 28 points for the second straight game, but Kyrie Irving was held to nine points on 4-for-12 shooting in his second game back after missing 11 straight with a broken finger.

George is averaging 24.4 points and 7.6 rebounds his past five games.

Perhaps the most excitement in the second half came when Cleveland's Tristan Thompson hit Indiana's Ben Hansbrough with an errant elbow early in the fourth quarter and big brother Tyler stepped in and angrily protected his younger brother.

PACERS 96, CAVS 81

CLEVELAND (81)--Gee 0-7 1-2 1, Thompson 2-4 0-1 4, Varejao 0-9 4-4 4, Irving 4-12 1-2 9, Miles 8-18 6-6 28, Zeller 3-3 2-2 8, Gibson 3-8 0-0 8, Sloan 1-5 2-2 5, Walton 1-3 1-2 3, Samuels 5-11 0-2 10, Jones 0-0 0-0 0, Pargo 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 27-81 18-25 81.

INDIANA (96)--George 10-18 4-5 27, West 7-15 4-4 18, Hibbert 1-7 2-2 4, Hill 5-16 6-7 17, Stephenson 4-6 1-1 9, Green 1-8 0-0 2, T.Hansbrough 3-5 1-2 7, Mahinmi 1-4 1-1 3, B.Hansbrough 1-2 3-4 6, Young 1-2 0-0 2, Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Pendergraph 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 34-83 23-28 96.

Cleveland 29 29 12 11 -- 81

Indiana 25 27 28 16 -- 96

3-Point Goals--Cleveland 9-22 (Miles 6-9, Gibson 2-5, Sloan 1-2, Samuels 0-1, Walton 0-2, Irving 0-3), Indiana 5-18 (George 3-5, B.Hansbrough 1-1, Hill 1-7, Stephenson 0-1, Green 0-4). Fouled Out--Zeller. Rebounds--Cleveland 52 (Varejao 12), Indiana 63 (Hibbert 12). Assists--Cleveland 19 (Gee, Irving 4), Indiana 23 (West 7). Total Fouls--Cleveland 28, Indiana 21. Flagrant Fouls--Thompson. A--11,595 (18,165).

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