Indiana Pacers send Cavaliers to fou h straight loss
THADDEUS Young scored 26 points, Darren Collison had 25 and the Indiana Pacers sent the Cleveland Cavaliers to their fourth straight loss, 124107 on Wednesday night.
Lebron James had 33 points and 11 assists, but it wasn’t enough to keep Cleveland from losing for the fifth time in six games and falling to 3-5.
The Cavaliers held a lengthy meeting before Tuesday’s practice to discuss their struggles, but the defending Eastern Conference champions have lost by a combined margin of 58 points in their losing streak.
James was upbeat about the meeting, but the Cavaliers still have issues to work out, especially on the defensive end. Cleveland led 69-68 in the third quarter, but Indiana hit four straight 3-pointers and built an eight-point lead. Indiana was 16 of 26 from 3-point range.
Victor Oladipo scored 23 points for the Pacers. Bojan Bogdanovic added 17, and Domantas Sabonis had 15 points and 12 rebounds.
In other matches, Celtics beat Kings 113-86, Suns overwhelmed Wizards 122-116, Rockets thumped Knicks 119-97, Hornets edged Bucks 126-121, Timberwolves beat Pelicans 104-98, Magic edged Grizzlies 101-99, Nuggets trumped Raptors 129-111, Jazz edged Trail Blazers 112-103 (OT), Heat beat Bulls 97-91 and 76ers beat Hawks 119109.