Pacers rally from 22-point deficit to beat Cavaliers 97-95

LeBron James

It's not LeBron's job to coach the Cavaliers, but it's certainly his job to lead them on and off the court.

Overcoming a 20-0 run is rarely a recipe for success, but the Indiana Pacers had the right chefs in the kitchen on Friday night.

It started out looking like the kind of game the Cavaliers have been in dire need of in recent weeks.

James and Irving, of course, share a storied history, dating back to their three seasons as teammates in Cleveland and Irving's bitter departure from the Cavs this past offseason.

Oladipo made the free throw to extend Indiana's lead to 84-82.

We've seen this movie before: Lance brought the energy to the building, and Oladipo hit the big shot. He didn't play the final 4:41 of the third quarter after picking up his fourth foul. The Pacers cut a bit of the lead in the second, then doubled up Cleveland in the third quarter, 32-16, taking a 2-point lead to the fourth. Jordan's talent would improve Cleveland's effectiveness near the rim, considering he's averaging 11.8 points, 14.9 rebounds and 1.0 block this season.

When LeBron James resorts to coaching during a timeout, this no longer qualifies as a Cavaliers' lull. He got another chance with a desperation three-pointer as time expired, but missed.

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"We in a funk", James said. When guys are struggling, we have to get guys easy shots or open shots and continue to encourage those guys. While some lackadaisical play could be expected for a team coming off three straight NBA Finals appearances, Thursday, supposedly, would be a night that would grab Cleveland's attention.

Don't criticize LeBron James for caring.

TIMBERWOLVES 118, KNICKS 108: Karl-Anthony Towns fell one assist shy of his second career triple-double, scoring 23 points and grabbing 15 rebounds for Minnesota at Minneapolis. We have to make guys better. Lance continued to pester LeBron throughout the night until he just finally had enough.

"I would love to join the team for maybe two or three months, or maybe half a season at least", Gortat told the Orlando Sentinel after the Wizards completed their shootaround Friday at Capital One Arena. "He played well, though". They have won 13 straight at home, but starting with a loss in Milwaukee on December 19, the Cavs lost eight of nine road games with only two home victories sprinkled in.

Following the game, James said the out-of-bounds call was correct, but he also made mention of a prior "no-call" that allowed Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo to score the winning basket over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

IN will try to win their fourth in five games when they take on the Suns in Phoenix Sunday night (8 PM ET).

The Cavaliers have dropped six of eight dating to a Christmas Day loss at defending champions the Golden State Warriors.

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