Cavaliers rookie Dion Waiters injures knee in loss to Pacers

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CLEVELAND -- Gerald Green scored 20 points and Tyler Hansbrough, starting in place of the injured David West, had 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 111-90 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night.

West missed the game with a sprained lower back sustained Saturday against Philadelphia, but the Pacers dominated without their second-leading scorer.

Green scored 13 points in the second quarter and Hansbrough, making just his second start of the season, led a balanced attack. Paul George scored 14 points while Roy Hibbert added 12 as the Pacers avoided losing three in a row for the third time this season.

C.J. Miles led Cleveland with 21 points, but injuries continued to plague the Cavaliers.

The bad blood that's developed between the teams this season surfaced again late in the third quarter when Cavaliers center Marreese Speights was ejected for a flagrant foul 2 on George, the Pacers' All-Star forward. George was driving for a fast-break layup when Speights grabbed him by the neck and threw him to the floor. The officials called Speights for a flagrant foul and ejected him after looking at the replay.

The teams had an altercation in their first meeting when Tristan Thompson and Hansbrough had to be separated after Thompson caught Hansbrough's younger brother, Ben, with an errant elbow. Tyler Hansbrough and Daniel Gibson exchanged words when the teams met in December.

Green scored 13 points in the second quarter, including three 3-pointers in a stretch of 1:29, to spark a 20-7 run to end the period. Indiana led 40-38 midway through the quarter, but Green had 11 points and Tyler Hansbrough added a three-point play and a layup.

West missed just his second game this season, but Indiana continued to pull away in the second half. The Pacers built a 28-point lead in the fourth quarter.

Jeff Pendergraph added 11 points for Indiana, which had lost four of six. Indiana also maintained its hold on second place in the Eastern Conference standings.

Thompson had 20 points and 11 rebounds for Cleveland, which has lost three in a row and was down to 10 players by the end of the game.

Cavaliers ROOKIE GUARD DION Waiters out with knee injury

Guard Dion Waiters didn't play after the first quarter because of a sore left knee and Cleveland played its fourth straight game without All-Star guard Kyrie Irving, who is out with a sprained left shoulder.

Waiters scored four points in the first quarter, but didn't play in the second. The Cavaliers announced in the third quarter that he would be held out the rest of the game as a precaution and will be re-evaluated on Tuesday.

Waiters, the No. 4 pick in the draft, is Cleveland's second-leading scorer, averaging 14.7 points.

Waiters was given the Eastern Conference rookie of the month award for February before the game.

The Cavaliers played their fourth straight game without All-Star guard Kyrie Irving, who is expected to miss at least three more weeks with a sprained left shoulder.

CAVALIERS NOTEBOOK

n Irving, who is expected to miss about three more weeks, is no longer wearing a sling on his left arm.

n Cleveland F Luke Walton wore a temporary protective mask when he took the floor after sustaining a broken nose Saturday. He was run over attempting to take a charge from San Antonio's Tim Duncan. Walton removed the mask after a few minutes and will be fitted with a permanent one in the next few days.

PACERS 111, CAVS 90

INDIANA (111)--George 5-9 4-5 14, T.Hansbrough 6-12 6-7 18, Hibbert 4-10 4-5 12, Hill 2-7 4-4 9, Stephenson 3-8 0-0 6, Pendergraph 4-8 2-2 11, Johnson 3-6 1-2 8, Augustin 1-3 0-0 3, Green 7-13 2-2 20, Mahinmi 4-7 0-0 8, B.Hansbrough 0-1 2-2 2, Plumlee 0-2 0-0 0, Young 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 39-88 25-29 111.

CLEVELAND (90)--Gee 2-7 3-4 7, Thompson 9-16 2-3 20, Zeller 3-5 2-4 8, Livingston 4-10 0-0 8, Waiters 2-7 0-0 4, Walton 1-3 2-2 5, Ellington 1-9 0-0 3, Speights 2-4 0-0 4, Miles 8-16 1-2 21, Gibson 1-9 4-6 6, Jones 1-3 0-0 2, Casspi 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 35-92 14-21 90.

Indiana 27 33 27 24 -- 111

Cleveland 24 21 17 28 -- 90

3-Point Goals--Indiana 8-22 (Green 4-7, Pendergraph 1-1, Johnson 1-2, Hill 1-3, Augustin 1-3, George 0-2, Stephenson 0-4), Cleveland 6-24 (Miles 4-8, Walton 1-3, Ellington 1-3, Casspi 0-1, Waiters 0-1, Gee 0-2, Gibson 0-6). Fouled Out--None. Rebounds--Indiana 63 (T.Hansbrough 11), Cleveland 54 (Thompson 11). Assists--Indiana 29 (Hill 7), Cleveland 21 (Zeller, Walton 4). Total Fouls--Indiana 16, Cleveland 21. Technicals--Green. Flagrant Fouls--Speights. Ejected-- Speights. A--13,016 (20,562).

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