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The Cleveland Cavaliers battled the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night. After a fun first half, EVERYTHING WENT TO HELL.
Hey, wow. That was a pretty fun first half of basketball. The Cavaliers played really well and hit a lot of shots. They led 58-52 at half time. Let's see what the second half has in stor --- OH MY GOD SO MUCH BLOOD.
Cavs' leaders: Points: Miles, 28; Assists: Irving, 4; Rebounds: Varejao, 12
What the heck happened in that locker room at halftime?
Seriously, the first half looked really solid. Powered by C.J. Miles inexplicably turning into the best three-point shooter of all time, the Cavs built a big lead early in the game. Then, as the second quarter entered its final minutes, everything went to crap. The Pacers ended the first half on a 9-0 run to cut the lead down to six at the break. And then to start the second half, the Pacers opened with a 9-0 run to take the lead for good. In the end, the Cavaliers lost 96-81 and fell to 5-18 on the year.
I really don't want to write about this game. It was basically the worst half of basketball I've ever seen. The Cavaliers' 23 points in the second half were the fewest for any team in any half of basketball this season. C.J. Miles had 23 points in the first half by himself. And the entire Cavs team scored 23 points in the second half.
The Cavaliers shot 8 of 41 from the field (19.5%) in the second half and committed 10 turnovers. That must have been one hell of a halftime speech by Byron Scott. Anderson Varejao and Alonzo Gee combined to shoot 0 for 16 from the floor.
Oh yeah, Tyler Hansbrough lost his mind when Tristan Thompson (a friendly Canadian) inadvertently hit Ben Hansbrough in the neck area with an elbow during a loose ball. There was a battle for the ball, Tristan Thompson got his protective facemask mauled off, and he swung his arms to rip the ball away. His elbow hit the smaller Hansbrough, who then proceeded to grab his eyeball and stumble backwards 15 feet. Tyler Hansbrough was unable to recognize that this was a flop and reacted as if Tristan had just stabbed his little brother in the face with a pitchfork. It was weird.
Fear The Sword's Player of the Game
Over the course of the past two games, Mas Fresco has hit 11 of 19 three-pointers. He scored 28 points last night, but only five of them came in the second half. It was a horrendous game for everybody else on the Cavaliers, but Miles played pretty well.