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Smith registers season-high 23 points, lifts Cavs to 115-108 win over Pacers; Three takeaways

CLEVELAND – The trigger-happy JR Smith returned to Quicken Loans Arena on Friday evening, a shooting prowess that proved to be the difference in avoiding a season sweep against the Pacers.

Cleveland earned its fourth win of 2018, 115-108, courtesy of Smith’s season-high 23 points, Tristan Thompson’s transition back to the starting lineup and LeBron James’ eighth triple-double of the campaign.

Kevin Love chipped in 10 points and 13 rebounds – his 26th double-double of the season – while an efficient Derrick Rose scored 14 points, his most dating back to a 20-point effort on Nov. 3.

Here are three takeaways from a game chock full of headlines…

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John Alfes is a senior at John Carroll University, and hails from Westlake, Ohio. His love and passion for the game of baseball originated in 1998, when he played catch with his father at the age of two. A former collegiate pitcher, Alfes currently serves as a Cleveland Cavaliers reporter for AP Radio/Metro Networks and the Cleveland Indians Beat Writer for CBS Sports/Scout Media Network, all while majoring in Communications (focus in Journalism) and English (focus in Professional Writing). He is the Sports Editor for The Carroll News, Sports Director for WJCU 88.7 FM and Senior Writer for the John Carroll Sports Information Department. John is an Eagle Scout and loves his two younger brothers (Conrad and Daniel) and two parents (John and Celeste). You can follow John Alfes on Twitter (@JohnAlfes) or reach him through email (

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