As you can see from my incredibly clever headline, this game went to overtime. That means we got five free minutes of LESTERIA. Who doesn't like free things? Despite another valiant effort from Lester Hudson, the Cavaliers fell to the Indiana Pacers by a score of 104-98 in overtime.
Cavs Leaders: Points: Jamison, 21; Rebounds: Thompson, Jamison, 8; Assists: Sloan, 6
When you look at a game between the Pacers and the Cavs this season, you'd probably expect the Pacers to win by a landslide -- or at least I did. That wasn't the case on Wednesday night. Byron Scott has this team playing so hard that they seem determined not to get blown out. It was just two weeks ago that the head coach of this team was furious with their effort. Now, I'm not sure how you can be disappointed with the way that these players fight every game.
Fun fact and I'll tip my hat to Twitter for this one (not sure who exactly tweeted it): no team in the NBA has fewer first round draft picks than the Cavaliers (just five; Irving, Jamison, Thompson, Casspi, Parker) and no team has more players with D-League experience (Cavs have seven; Sloan, Hudson, Harris, Harangody, Gee, Erden, Samuels). I thought that was pretty cool. For a roster with this little established talent, pushing a playoff team to overtime is damn impressive.
David West had a really efficient scoring performance for Indiana. He scored 19 points on 6-9 shooting. He was 7-8 from the free throw line. David West played pretty well. Danny Granger is the one, however, that put the Cavs away in overtime. He hit some big shots and pushed the Pacers' lead out of reach. Paul George is a 6 foot-10 shooting guard. The dude is using cheat codes, obviously.
While Lester Hudson hit a huge shot to tie the game and send it into overtime, he didn't have his best game. Hudson scored 19 points on 8-20 shooting and was a miserable 1-9 from behind the arc. Despite his shooting struggles, Hudson provided a huge spark to the Cavs' offense when they simply couldn't get anything going. He's one of the few people on this team that can create his own offense. That's a welcome sight and something that will almost certainly keep him around for a while.
Fear The Sword's Player of the Game:
I guess it's a toss up between Hudson and Jamison. I'm giving the nod to Lester because he hit the shot that sent this game into overtime. It was a nice shot. It made me yell a little bit. It made Austin Carr yell a lot.