Pacers rally past Cavs, road Warriors extend streak
LOS ANGELES: Darren Collison scored 22 points and Victor Oladipo tallied 19 as the Indiana Pacers rallied from a 22-point deficit to edge the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers 97-95 on Friday (Saturday in Manila).
Lance Stephenson finished Following the game, James said with 16 points and 11 rebounds the out-of-bounds call was correct for the Pacers who improved to but he also made mention of a 22-20 on the season in front of a prior no- call that allowed crowd of 17,900 at the Bankers Milwaukee Bucks forward Life Fieldhouse arena. Giannis Antetokounmpo to score
The loss was the third the winning basket over the Oklastraight for the three- time dehoma City Thunder. fending Eastern Conference “Definitely stepped out by a champion Cavaliers. tiny bit after seeing it over again!
Cleveland would need a monuGreat call. Needed to be in OKC mental effort from LeBron James on that drive. Lol. Live and you in order to halt their losing streak. Learn,” James wrote on Twitter. But it wasn’t enough as the fourJames was also slapped with a time MVP finished with 27 points, technical foul after losing his cool 11 assists and eight rebounds and retaliating against Stephenson while Kevin Love had 21 points with 7:53 left in the game. and 10 rebounds in the loss. James made the mistake of
Oladipo gave the Pacers the lead shoving Stephenson in the for good on a three pointer with chest after the two made conjust over two minutes to play. tact with each other.
James then had two opportuAfter the game, James described nities in the final two seconds to Stephenson as a “dirty” player. win it but failed on both. “I should have known, I’ve
James stepped out of bounds known since school, it’s not with 1.7 seconds to go, a call that the guy who tells the joke that was confirmed by video replay. gets caught it’s the guy who Then, after Collison made a free laughs,” James said. throw to give the Pacers a 97-95 Cleveland, which lost its previous lead, James’ desperation shot two games by a combined 62 from beyond the arc rattled off points, was outscored 84-61 over the the rim at the buzzer. final three quarters.
Darren Collison No. 2 of the Indiana Pacers AFP PHOTO