In the opening game of a five-game road trip, the Pacers headed to halftime trailing the Cleveland Cavaliers, 58-56.
The Pacers maintained a narrow lead for most of the first quarter, with T.J. Warren scoring nine points in the frame and Malcolm Brogdon adding eight. But Andre Drummond had 10 points for Cleveland and Kevin Porter Jr. added eight off the bench, including a 3-pointer with 25.3 seconds left in the opening quarter that gave the Cavs a 31-30 lead heading after one.
Neither team led by more than five in the entire first half. Cleveland led 51-48 with three minutes remaining before halftime when Victor Oladipo took over. The two-time All-Star knocked down a mid-range jumper, then drove and dished to Domantas Sabonis for a dunk on the next possession to put Indiana back in front.
Kevin Love hit four free throws to put the hosts back in front before Oladipo bounced in a floater with 45.4 seconds left in the half. Darius Garland’s 3-pointer on the other end extended the Cavs’ lead to four, but once again Oladipo scored on the other end to make it a two-point game at the break.
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Warren led Indiana with 15 points, three rebounds, and three assists in the first half. Brogdon added 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting. Sabonis chipped in eight points, eight boards, and three assists, while Oladipo scored six of his eight points in the final minutes of the half.
Drummond led Cleveland with 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting and seven rebounds. Kevin Love added 13 points and five boards, while Porter scored 10 points off the bench.
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TV: FOX Sports Indiana – Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Jeremiah Johnson (sideline reporter/host)
Radio: 93.5/107.5 FM/1070 AM The Fan – Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Pat Boylan (studio host)