Pac­ers rally past Cavs, road War­riors ex­tend streak

Manila Times - - SPORTS - AFP

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

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