Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Indiana Pacers Game Recap: Running Out of Gas

Indiana Pacers Game Recap: Running Out of Gas

Call it a crisis.

It tied the second-largest loss that LeBron James has played in since returning to Cleveland. The moment was posted on Twitter by the National Basketball Association on TNT.

The Cleveland Cavaliers blew a 22-point first half lead and dropped their third straight game, 97-95 to the Indiana Pacers.

With the Cavs reeling after allowing almost 130 points per game in their last 3, the Pacers got a motivated LeBron and company in Friday's first quarter.

Slipping to 6 1/2 games behind the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference at the midpoint of the season, the Cavs (26-15) fell to 1-3 on their five-game road trip that concludes Friday night in Indiana.

It was a stunning twist, coming nearly exactly nine months after the Cavs rallied from a 26-point deficit on the same court to beat IN in the playoffs.

Things do not get easier for the Cavaliers as the defending champions, the Golden State Warriors, are in town this coming Monday.

Ibaka served a one-game suspension for throwing a punch at Miami's James Johnson in Tuesday's home loss to the Heat. They hit 18 3-pointers, a season-high for 3s allowed by the Cavs. Cleveland never led, and, thanks in large part to a 35-point third quarter, the Raptors took a commanding 25 point lead into half.

They started out in a huge funk, losing to teams that they shouldn't have lost to.

Whatever the reason, the Cavs were inconsistently consistent. The 133 points scored by the Raptors was a franchise record for most points scored in a non-overtime game, and it was the ninth time this season the team has topped 125 points, also a franchise record.

Centre Jonas Valanciunas was dominant in the paint, earning a double-double with 15 points and 18 rebounds as Toronto spread the floor. DeRozan managed just 13 points on below 40-percent shooting, although he was able to set up teammates dishing 8 dimes without a turnover.

Over the last few weeks we've heard whispers that the Cavs were interested in DeAndre Jordan and could dangle Tristan Thompson in the right deal. Siakam scored 10 points and VanVleet had eight as Toronto led 65-40 at halftime.

Isaiah Thomas and Dwyane Wade did not play for Cleveland, each getting a rest.

J.R. Smith went 0-for-5 following his 0-for-7 against the Timberwolves.

It does not feel good to be a Cleveland Cavaliers fan these days.

In a video posted by EuroHoops from Thursday night's game James, not Tyronn Lue, looks like the Cavaliers' head coach.

"We have enough talent here to get over that hump and make a lot of good things happen", Love said.

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