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Pacers send Cavaliers to 10th straight loss 123-115

CLEVELAND (AP) The Indiana Pacers found plenty to be displeased about after a victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Pacers were upset that they had to make several plays in the closing minutes to hold off Cleveland 123-115 and send the Cavaliers to their 10th straight loss.

Indiana led 38-14 late in the first quarter and was ahead by 23 points in the third against the team with the worst record in the league. But the game got close down the stretch.

''We've got to be better than that - and we know it,'' Pacers coach Nate McMillan. ''We got off to a really good start, then in the second half, we played the scoreboard.''

Thaddeus Young scored 26 points and Bojan Bogdanovic had 23. The Pacers needed baskets by Young and Victor Oladipo, who had 17 points, to close out the win.

Cleveland (8-33) suffered another blow when forward Larry Nance Jr. hurt his right knee in the first quarter and didn't return. Nance will travel with the team to New Orleans, where the Cavs begin a six-game trip Wednesday, and be re-evaluated.

Domantas Sabonis had 15 points for the Pacers, who have won seven of eight.

Jordan Clarkson scored 26 points for Cleveland, which trailed 87-64 in the third quarter before cutting the lead to five several times in the fourth.

Cleveland was within 115-110 with 1:24 to play, but Oladipo hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key and Young scored on a layup.

''We played a good first 24 minutes, but the second 24 minutes were horrible,'' Young said.

Clarkson scored 10 points in the final four minutes and the Cavaliers trailed 92-79 going into the fourth.

The Cavaliers had lost five straight home games by 20 or more points during their losing streak.

''It was a great effort in fighting back, but there are no moral victories at this stage,'' coach Larry Drew said. ''We have to be better.''

Cleveland's last win came at Indiana on Dec. 18. The Pacers jumped ahead quickly. Indiana led by 10 points midway through the first quarter. Bogdanovic had 14 points and the Pacers made 16 of 22 shots in the quarter.

Alec Burks scored 19 points for Cleveland. Tristan Thompson had 15 points and 13 rebounds while rookie point guard Collin Sexton scored 14.

Nance appeared to get hurt when he was fouled while going up for a shot under the basket. He's averaging 9.1 points and 7.7 rebounds, and leads the team in assists, steals and blocked shots.

Drew indicated over the weekend that he'd make lineup changes, but decided against that because of the team's long injury list.

All-Star forward Kevin Love, who has played in only four games this season because of left foot surgery, said Monday that he's still weeks away from doing any significant on-court work.

Cleveland's trip also includes games against Houston, the Los Angeles Lakers, Portland, Utah and Denver.

NOT SO COOL

McMillan was unhappy the Pacers allowed 36 points in each of the last two quarters.

''We got cool-breeze and almost dropped a game that we had complete control over,'' he said.

41 TO GO

The Cavaliers reached the halfway point of a season that has seen coach Tyronn Lue get fired after an 0-6 start, injuries to key players and several veterans being traded.

LOSER PAYS

Sexton, who played one season at Alabama, lost a wager to teammate Jaron Blossomgame, a Clemson alum, over Monday night's national championship football game.

Sexton had to wear a Clemson windbreaker on the team's flight to New Orleans to pay up for the Tigers' 44-16 rout of Alabama. Asked for a comment on the outcome, Sexton would only say, ''Roll Tide.''

TIP-INS

Pacers: G Corey Joseph, who was questionable with a bruised right thigh, scored 11 points. ... G Darren Collison, also questionable with a sore right leg, had eight. ... C Myles Turner missed his second straight game with a sore right shoulder.

Cavaliers: G Matthew Dellavedova (sprained left foot) and C Ante Zizic (sore right knee) returned. ... G Rodney Hood (strained left Achilles) and G David Nwaba (sprained left ankle) remained out. ... G Cameron Payne, signed to a 10-day contract Monday, scored 10 points.

UP NEXT

Pacers: Visit Boston on Wednesday.

Cavaliers: Visit New Orleans on Wednesday.

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Key Players
V. Oladipo
4 SG
T. Thompson
13 C
29.9 Min. Per Game 29.9
11.8 Pts. Per Game 11.8
2.0 Ast. Per Game 2.0
11.3 Reb. Per Game 11.3
43.3 Field Goal % 54.5
43.2 Three Point % 54.1
74.8 Free Throw % 64.2
  Lost ball turnover on Tristan Thompson, stolen by Domantas Sabonis 0:02
+ 1 Darren Collison made 1st of 2 free throws 0:07
  Personal foul on Jordan Clarkson 0:07
  Defensive rebound by Bojan Bogdanovic 0:13
+ 1 Domantas Sabonis made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:27
  Domantas Sabonis missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:27
  IND team rebound 0:27
  Shooting foul on Collin Sexton 0:27
+ 3 Jordan Clarkson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Cedi Osman 0:34
+ 2 Thaddeus Young made finger-roll layup 0:40
+ 2 Tristan Thompson made driving dunk 0:47
Team Stats
Points 123 115
Field Goals 49-91 (53.8%) 41-76 (53.9%)
3-Pointers 10-26 (38.5%) 13-29 (44.8%)
Free Throws 15-19 (78.9%) 20-23 (87.0%)
Total Rebounds 43 41
Offensive 6 8
Defensive 26 27
Team 11 6
Assists 34 24
Steals 11 4
Blocks 0 3
Turnovers 6 16
Fouls 18 20
Technicals 0 0
26 PTS, 5 REB, 3 AST
15 PTS, 13 REB, 5 AST
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away team logo Pacers 27-13 38252931123
home team logo Cavaliers 8-33 16273636115
Team Stats
away team logo Pacers 27-13 91.8 PPG 40.3 RPG 20.8 APG
home team logo Cavaliers 8-33 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
T. Young SF 10.5 PPG 7.0 RPG 3.8 APG 42.9 FG%
J. Clarkson PG PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
T. Young SF 26 PTS 5 REB 3 AST
J. Clarkson PG 26 PTS 2 REB 1 AST
53.8 FG% 53.9
38.5 3PT FG% 44.8
78.9 FT% 87.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
T. Young 26 5 3 11/14 3/3 1/3 4 35 2 0 0 0 5 +6 39
B. Bogdanovic 23 4 2 9/16 2/6 3/3 0 31 1 0 0 1 3 +13 32
V. Oladipo 17 2 5 6/14 1/4 4/4 5 33 1 0 2 0 2 +16 28
D. Sabonis 15 9 4 7/13 0/1 1/2 1 34 3 0 0 2 7 +11 35
D. Collison 8 2 9 3/6 0/0 2/2 2 26 4 0 0 0 2 +8 32
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
T. Young 26 5 3 11/14 3/3 1/3 4 35 2 0 0 0 5 +6 39
B. Bogdanovic 23 4 2 9/16 2/6 3/3 0 31 1 0 0 1 3 +13 32
V. Oladipo 17 2 5 6/14 1/4 4/4 5 33 1 0 2 0 2 +16 28
D. Sabonis 15 9 4 7/13 0/1 1/2 1 34 3 0 0 2 7 +11 35
D. Collison 8 2 9 3/6 0/0 2/2 2 26 4 0 0 0 2 +8 32
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
C. Joseph 11 2 6 4/8 3/5 0/0 1 26 0 0 0 1 1 -6 25
T. Leaf 9 4 1 4/5 0/1 1/2 0 11 0 0 0 1 3 +4 15
D. McDermott 7 1 2 2/3 1/2 2/2 1 14 0 0 1 0 1 -1 11
T. Evans 5 1 0 2/7 0/2 1/1 0 12 0 0 1 0 1 -8 5
K. O'Quinn 2 2 2 1/5 0/2 0/0 4 13 0 0 2 1 1 -3 6
D. Reed - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Turner - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Sumner - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Holiday - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Anigbogu - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 123 32 34 49/91 10/26 15/19 18 235 11 0 6 6 26 +40 228
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
A. Burks 19 7 0 7/9 3/3 2/2 2 29 1 1 1 1 6 -6 27
T. Thompson 15 13 5 6/9 0/0 3/4 1 34 0 2 3 1 12 -4 37
C. Osman 15 2 3 5/11 3/8 2/2 4 32 0 0 1 0 2 +3 22
C. Sexton 14 1 4 5/8 1/2 3/3 3 29 0 0 4 1 0 -9 19
L. Nance Jr. 1 1 2 0/1 0/1 1/2 0 5 0 0 1 0 1 -6 5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
A. Burks 19 7 0 7/9 3/3 2/2 2 29 1 1 1 1 6 -6 27
T. Thompson 15 13 5 6/9 0/0 3/4 1 34 0 2 3 1 12 -4 37
C. Osman 15 2 3 5/11 3/8 2/2 4 32 0 0 1 0 2 +3 22
C. Sexton 14 1 4 5/8 1/2 3/3 3 29 0 0 4 1 0 -9 19
L. Nance Jr. 1 1 2 0/1 0/1 1/2 0 5 0 0 1 0 1 -6 5
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Clarkson 26 2 1 11/20 2/5 2/2 4 32 3 0 4 0 2 -4 29
C. Payne 10 2 3 4/8 2/4 0/0 1 22 0 0 0 0 2 +4 18
C. Frye 7 0 1 2/2 2/2 1/2 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 -3 9
A. Zizic 6 6 0 0/1 0/0 6/6 0 13 0 0 0 4 2 -4 12
J. Jones 2 1 0 1/4 0/2 0/0 2 15 0 0 0 1 0 -12 3
M. Dellavedova 0 0 5 0/3 0/2 0/0 3 18 0 0 2 0 0 +1 8
K. Love - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Henson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Hood - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Nwaba - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Blossomgame - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 115 35 24 41/76 13/29 20/23 20 236 4 3 16 8 27 -40 189