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Pacers overturn 22-pt deficit to beat Cavs

14 January 2018

LeBron James' comments at the shootaround Thursday morning about the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers ended up being prescient when it came to the beatdown in store for his team from the Toronto Raptors later that night.

The Cavaliers have dropped six of eight dating back to a Christmas Day defeat at defending champion Golden State.

Nets 110, Hawks 105: Spencer Dinwiddie had 20 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds, Jahlil Okafor added 17 points in a reserve role and visiting Brooklyn beat Atlanta. Jimmy Butler led the visiting Timberwolves with 30 points but missed a decisive jumper at the final buzzer.

We've seen this movie before: Lance brought the energy to the building, and Oladipo hit the big shot. They are 3-7 over their last 10, and are closer to eighth-4 games back of Indiana-than they are to first.

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Ibaka was not able to play in the Cleveland slap-down, serving a one-game suspension levied by the league after he and James Johnson of the Miami Heat took a couple of swings at each other during a game on Tuesday. It's the first time in 10 Central Division games Cleveland failed to score at least 100.

Sitting out the fourth quarter, James led the Cavs with 26 points, going 9-of-16 from the field, with three rebounds and an assist. The Cavs are 0-3 against IN and 6-1 against everyone else IN the division.

DeMar DeRozan, who's been on a scoring tear as of late, finished with just 13 points on 5-of-13 shooting.

The Philadelphia 76ers led the Boston Celtics by as many as 22 points in the second quarter of the clash in London, but still managed to choke in the second half to lose 114-103. The advantage stretched to 59-36 as Siakam scored six consecutive points, four of them on dunks. And it's not surprising this recent downturn has coincided with the return of Isaiah Thomas, who is trying to get up to speed after spending the past several months rehabbing his injured right hip.

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The Clippers, who lost DeAndre Jordan to a sprained left ankle in the second quarter, won their third successive game over the Kings this season and their 11th in a row at Sacramento. In the first quarter he was 0-for-6, making him 2-for-18 in that period in his four games, including 0-for-8 on 3-pointers.

But if someone only watched the way the Cavs played Thursday, it would question how in the world anyone thinks they can get back to the NBA Finals.

"They're still a good team, they still play hard, the young guys play hard", Lue said in pregame.

"We've got to be better", Cavaliers Tyronn Lue was quoted on Friday by the ESPN as saying. "You've got Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant, arguably some of the best shooters in the game today".

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Pacers overturn 22-pt deficit to beat Cavs