Cavaliers Get Waxed For The Second Time In As Many Games

Ross Houston
January 13, 2018

It is two of the best scoring big men in the league facing off as the Nuggets' Nikola Jokic takes on the Spurs' LaMarcus Aldridge.

Darren Collison scored 22 points and Victor Oladipo added 19 as the Indiana Pacers held off the Cleveland Cavaliers 97-95 on Friday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Toronto's 133 points were the most by any Cavaliers opponent this season, and marked the third successive game that Cleveland have allowed at least 127.

"It feels good, but it's a long season", Stephenson said in the locker room.

"We have enough talent here to get over that hump and make a lot of good things happen", Love said.

Cleveland has a respectable 26-15 straight up (SU) record, but they have a hard time covering the spread (12-27-1 against the spread (ATS)).

With the Cavs reeling after allowing almost 130 points per game in their last 3, the Pacers got a motivated LeBron and company in Friday's first quarter.

"We went 1-5, or 1-4, whatever the hell it was, on this road trip, so there ain't no progress", James, who finished with 27 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds, told reporters after the game. Victor Oladipo made the free throw to give IN an 84-82 lead with 7:53 to go, a costly point. "That's all. He's a little dirty. When the guy [Kyle] Lowry come off the floor and [DeMar] DeRozan comes off the floor, I mean who's gonna give you something now?" They caught me on the retaliation.

Sitting out the fourth quarter, James led the Cavs with 26 points, going 9-of-16 from the field, with three rebounds and an assist. The Cavs have now given up over 125 points in three straight games and have given up over 110 points in four of five games in January. IN covered as a 3-point underdog and the game finished with a total of 208 points, which was 13 points below the projected point total of 221 points.

That's why two teams played two very different games Thursday night, but left Air Canada Centre in the same exact place: Waiting for the spring, when the real versions of both will emerge. Jakob Poeltl had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Raptors.

The report comes just hours after the Cavs suffered a 34-point drubbing at the hands of the shorthanded Toronto Raptors, their second consecutive blowout loss, and seventh defeat in the last 10 games.

Suddenly, the same team that had gone on a stretch of 18 wins in 19 games has been replaced by another wearing the same jerseys that's now lost six of its last eight.

The Denver Nuggets recovered from a slow start to end their three-game losing streak with a 87-78 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. Nikola Jokic added 14 points and nine rebounds for the Nuggets, who played without guard Gary Harris (personal reasons).

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