Another Tough Second Half; Pacers Drop Cavaliers Under .500, Cleveland Loses 99-85

The Cavaliers have lost three straight games at The Q this season.

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Short-Handed Cavaliers Fall To Pacers 99-85

Danny Granger scored 34 points on 13-of-21 shooting, and the Indiana Pacers notched a rare win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, 99-85, at Quicken Loans Arena.

Roy Hibbert added 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Pacers, who had lost 16 of their last 19 meetings with the Cavaliers and 11 of the last 13 in Cleveland, although that team boasted new Heat forward LeBron James. Without James, Indiana was able to hold the Cavs to only 31 second-half points.

Mike Dunleavy contributed with 20 points in the win.

Antawn Jamison scored 19 to lead Cleveland, which has lost two straight after a three-game win streak. Ramon Sessions added 17 points, while Daniel Gibson and J.J. Hickson recorded 15 and 12 points, respectively, in defeat.

The game was tied at halftime, and Indiana came out firing to start the second half, making its first four shots during a 9-2 burst that ended with Dunleavy’s basket for a 63-56 lead.

The Pacers continued to play frontrunner for the entire third quarter, and Cleveland scored just 14 points in the frame. Gibson’s three in the final moments allowed the Cavs to cut their deficit to 73-68 heading to the fourth.

Jamison pulled Cleveland to within 75-72 on a jumper in the first two minutes of the fourth, but back-to-back three-pointers by Granger and Dunleavy put Indiana ahead by nine with just over nine minutes to play.

The Cavs seemed to halt the momentum with another Jamison basket, but the Pacers scored the next six points, with Hibbert’s seven-footer providing an 87-74 cushion with 6 1/2 minutes to play.

Cleveland didn’t get closer than eight the rest of the way.

Cleveland held a slim 30-26 advantage after the first quarter, but Indiana came back to tie the game, 54-54, at halftime.

Mo Williams (groin) and Anderson Varejao (ribs) both sat out for Cleveland…The Pacers went 17-for-17 from the free throw line…The Cavs shot a dismal 2-for-15 from three-point range, while Indiana shot 10-for-25.

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Indiana Takes Advantage Of Cold Cavs To Grab Five-Point Lead After Three

The third quarter turned into a festival of shoot-and-miss for both teams tonight, with Indiana having a little better of it to move from a halftime tie to a five-point lead entering the final 12 minutes.

The Cavs shot 26% in the third quarter, but fortunately for Cleveland, the Pacers were not much better.

For Cleveland, Antawn Jamison leads four players in double-figures with 13. Jamison grabbed his knee late in the quarter, but is in the game in the fourth stanza, so hopefully all is well with Antawn.

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Leon Powe Comes Up Big In Second Quarter, Cavs Rally To Tie It At The Intermission

No Mo Williams. No Anderson Varejao. So far, no panic.

After falling behind the Pacers again in the second quarter, the Cavs — in a back-and-forth affair — tied the game with less than two seconds to go in the stanza at 54, which is where it stands at the half.

Leon Powe has nine for the Cavs off the bench to compliment J.J. Hickson’s and Antawn Jamison’s 10 each. Speaking of the bench, the reserves have half of the Cavaliers points in the game. Another of those bench players, Daniel Gibson, has eight for Cleveland.

Danny Granger, after a 12-point first quarter, added ten more in the second to lead all scorers with 22.

The Cavs are shooting 47% from the field, and are nine-of-ten at the line.

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Cavaliers Watch The Danny Granger Show, Regroup To Lead After 12 Minutes

After allowing Danny Granger to score 12 points early and after spotting Indiana a lead, the Cavaliers have battled back to lead after the first quarter at the Q, 30-26.

Eight different players have scored for Cleveland, led by Antawn Jamison with seven points, as the Cavs try to bounce back from their disappointing second-half fold against New Jersey on Wednesday.

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