Cleveland, now 8-33 on the season, scored 72 points in the second half and whittled down a 20-point halftime deficit to single digits late in the fourth quarter. The Cavs were paced by 26 points from Jordan Clarkson off the bench and every starter except Larry Nance Jr. (who left the game with an injured knee) scoring in double figures.
The Cavs got as close at five points when Clarkson made a three pointer — with an assist from Cedi Osman — with 34 seconds left. But when the Cavs then fouled Domantas Sabonis, and the Pacers went up by seven points, and Clarkson took another three-pointer and missed, Indiana was able to seal its win and the Cavs’ comeback hopes were ended.
Next up for the Cavs is their longest road trip of the season, a six-game trip that will take them to New Orleans, Houston, Los Angeles, Portland, Salt Lake City and Denver.