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National Basketball Association roundup: Pacers fight back to beat Cavaliers

National Basketball Association roundup: Pacers fight back to beat Cavaliers

They're now 6.5 games behind Boston and third place in the East behind the Celtics and the Toronto Raptors. For the first time in his career, the 14-time All-Star lost back-to-back games by 25 or more points, with this latest loss coming against a team without Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka.

The Pacers are a fascinating team this season.

Adding to the urgency of the situation is a Martin Luther King Day game against the defending champion Golden State Warriors on Monday at Quicken Loans Arena.

As the Cavs only interior defensive presence, though, Thompson provides value that's hard to measure during the regular season where the Cavs barely try on defense.

The Suns have received solid recent contributions from second-year forward Dragan Bender, who has received more than 30 minutes in each of the last two games because of a hip injury to starter Marquese Chriss.

Cleveland, which lost its previous two games by a combined 62 points, was outscored 84-61 over the final three quarters and wound up blowing the lead nearly exactly nine months after the Cavs rallied from a 26-point deficit to beat IN in the playoffs. Stephenson had one of his best games of the year and finished with 16 points, 11 rebounds and four assists.

Whatever the reason, the Cavs were inconsistently consistent.




For the first time in his National Basketball Association career, James has lost consecutive games by 25-plus points following Thursday's forgettable result.

"This is just us during the regular season", James said hours before the Cavs' 133-99 loss to the Raptors.

Stephenson had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Pacers, who improved to 22-20 for the season in front of a crowd of 17,900 at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse arena.

We all should have known at this point what would happen next.

Down six points with only four minutes left is nothing to these Pacers though, who have comeback from worse with frequency. A 22-0 run early in the first led to a 34-12 score at the end of the quarter. Thomas went 0-for-11 with several attempts blocked before ending the drought with 7:22 left in the third quarter. James was asked about players having different agendas, which coach Tyronn Lue spoke of in his postgame interview, which brought up question of possible locker room issues. "Our guys have shown they have some potential. but we have a lot of growth that we have to continue to see, making plays and really learning how to win in situations like (Wednesday night)".

"It doesn't change, you could win 100 straight games then face the Warriors, it's still a challenge".

"That was just us trying to figure it out", he said.


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