The Cleveland Cavaliers have been waiting for Kyrie Irving to return to peak form.
Tonight may have been that night.
On Monday, in the Cavaliers 111-106 win over the Indiana Pacers, Irving scored a team-high 25 points - eight of which came in overtime - to go along with seven assists. His eight overtime points accounted for a majority of the Cavs' 15 overtime points and his end of game free throws ultimately sealed the win.
LeBron James added 24 points for the Cavs to go along with 10 rebounds and six assists. Kevin Love added 19 points of his own while also playing one his best defensive games of the season in netting two steals, blocking two shots and taking one charge.
The Cavs' win was their first in Indiana in 10 games over in six years dating back to LeBron's first stint in Cleveland. In fact, tonight's win was the first time Irving and Tristan Thompson won in Indiana since being drafted in 2011. The win is also the Cavs' tenth win in 11 games.
George Hill led the Pacers with 23 points and Jordan Hill added 17. Pacers star Paul George managed only 11 points on 3-15 shooting as he dealt with foul trouble and LeBron hounding him on defense.
The first half saw the Cavs score 60 points and get out to a 11-point lead after two quarters. From the get-go, the Cavs came out with energy and aggressive attacked the Pacers on both ends. At the half, James, Irving and Love were all in double-figures. The half ended on a high note when James picked George's pocket and dunked on the other end to give the Cavs a 11-point lead at the half.
After the half, though, the Cavs came out flat and the Pacers made a push. With 5:07 left in the third quarter, a Myles Turner two-point jumper tried the game at 67 all and at with 3:55 left in the third, Turner hit another jumper to give Indiana a two-point lead. J.R. Smith hit a three-pointer on the Cavs' next possession, but Turner responded with another jumper and the Pacers went on a 8-4 run to end the quarter with a five point lead.
In the fourth, the game slowed down and the Cavs held the Pacers to 10 points while scoring 15 of their own. The game went to overtime after Pacers guard Monta Ellis dribbled away the last 20.7 seconds at the top of the key and finally shot with just a few seconds left on the clock. When he did finally get a shot off, he missed badly. The Pacers only had the last shot after Love was called for a foul after Hill missed a jump shot.
Overtime saw Indiana make the first basket before the first teams traded baskets for a few moments. The Cavs were able to pull away when Irving got hot. He first hit two jump shots on back-to-back possessions Irving ultimately capped off the win by hitting four straight free throws in the final minute to seal the Cavs win.
The Cavs have tomorrow off before traveling to Charlotte to take on the Hornets. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Time Warner Cable Arena.