Cavs fall apart in second half against Pacers after 22-point lead; three takeaways

INDIANAPOLIS– During the first half of the Cavaliers’ Friday night game against the Indiana Pacers, it looked as though they finally figured out some of the issues they’ve been confronted with since Christmas Day.

They were locked in on the defensive end and playing with pace on the offensive end. But after the halftime break, the Pacers regrouped to stun the Cavs and overcome a 22-point deficit for a 97-95 victory. It was their largest come-from-behind win this season, and their third win over Cleveland.

LeBron James ended the game with 27 points, 11 rebounds, and eight assists. Kevin Love scored 21 points and Jeff Green added in 13. Darren Collison led Indiana with 22 points and four assists.

For Cleveland, they have now lost eight of their last 11 games. It was also their 14th regular season loss in their last 16 games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Here’s how the game unfolded down the stretch.

About the Author

Ashley Bastock
Ashley is a former basketball player who covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians and high school sports for NEO Sports Insiders. She also covers the Cavs for SB Nation's Fear The Sword. Ashley is a 2015 graduate of John Carroll University and previously worked in political journalism. You can follow her on Twitter @AshleyBastock42

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