Jan 5, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) and small forward Danny Granger (33) celebrate in the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana Pacers Hold Off Late Run by Cleveland

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Indiana Pacers (27-6) 82

Cleveland Cavaliers (11-23) 78

Jan 5, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Indiana Pacers power forward David West (right) blocks a shot attempt by Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Tristan Thompson (13) in the third quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Maybe the Indiana Pacers wanted to get back to the snowy tundra of Indianapolis. Maybe Cleveland finally got something that was working. Maybe the Indiana Pacers lost their focus as they led by 16 going into that fourth quarter. Then came the blitzkrieg by the Cavaliers as they went on a 20-6 to make this game respectable.

But the Pacers get the win. That’s the good news. The bad news is that late run. This had the feel of that Toronto game a few nights ago, when the Pacers had the lead and fell apart. That could be a discerning sign for the team as they’ve been so good in the second half.

You know the Pacers are going to get their best shot from all teams from here on, so getting a win however you get it, is important. Like they say, no style points here in the NBA. This isn’t the BCS, where a big win could help in your favor. That’s about all the good I can think of when it comes to this game as it was pretty ugly at times.

The Pacers did their thing though by getting 18 turnovers and holding the Cavaliers to 78 points. They weren’t on fire in the offensive game, but Paul George got 16 points to lead the way. Danny Granger was playing hard and looking more aggressive in another game back from injury. He got 10 points in 26 minutes of action.

Granger might not think he’s where he should be, but I think he’s right where I thought he would be. I’d be fine with him just getting 15-20 minutes a game. If it’s more and he can keep going, even better. The shots should start falling a bit more consistent, but I think the good thing is he doesn’t need to feel as forced playing his game.

This Pacers team now will head back to Indy for another date with the Raptors at home tomorrow night. That should be an interesting game to watch to see if the Raptors have the Pacers’ number again.

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