The Cleveland Cavaliers blew by the Indiana Pacers 132-117 and continued their recent winning ways. The Indiana Pacers had won seven straight games, but on Wednesday night Kyrie Irving, LeBron James and Kyle Korver stopped them in their tracks with great three-point shooting and a dazzling offensive display.
The game started off poorly for the Cavs as former Cavalier heart throb C.J. Miles could not miss in the first quarter. The Pacers blitzed the Cavs by playing superb defense and converting their looks offensively. Jeff Teague was the maestro for the Pacers creating opportunities for Miles and Paul George while not hesitating to take the ball to the rack himself. Early on it looked as if the Cavs would have another contested battle on their hands.
The team punched back in the second quarter behind a strong offensive barrage from Irving. The Pacers defense started to wear down and the Cavaliers took advantage. By the time the whistle blew for the halftime break the Cavs had cut Indiana’s eleven point lead down to seven and looked to have gained some momentum.
The team carried that momentum into the fourth quarter and absolutely blew the doors off of the Pacers. The wine and gold dropped 40 points on the Pacers in the quarter, thanks to slick three-point shooting and excellent passing. Kyle Korver made the Pacers pay for giving him space to get off his shot.
The fourth quarter was largely uneventful. The Pacers fought admirably but the Cavaliers did enough offensively to never really let the Pacers back into the game. When the Cavaliers needed a basket they got it. The lead was down to just eight points, the smallest it had been in some time, with three minutes left in the fourth quarter. It was at that point that Irving made a much needed basket to restore the lead to double digits and the game was put to bed.
The win in is the fourth win in a row for the Cavaliers as they remain unbeaten in the month of February. The team has not scored less than 110 points in any game during the streak, and Korver is beginning to look like as dangerous as fans had hoped he would when acquired. Korver had 29 points on the night and was on fire from deep, as he went 8-9 from behind the arch. FTS’ Justin Rowan summed up Korver’s night pretty well on Twitter:
Korver running back on defense after every shot pic.twitter.com/I8v6ddWYg2— Justin Rowan (@Cavsanada) February 9, 2017
The slick shooting guard has scored in double figures in each game during the recent winning streak and is shooting over 60 percent from beyond the three-point line during that stretch.
The Cavaliers will look to win their fifth game in a row tomorrow night as they head out to Oklahoma City to take on Westbrook and the Thunder.