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National Basketball Association roundup: Pacers fight back to beat Cavaliers

14 Enero 2018, 03:36 | Gervasio Siguenza

Five Keys: Cavaliers at Raptors

LeBron James Dwyane Wade

The Cavaliers, who at one point threatened to dislodge the Boston Celtics atop the Eastern Conference standings, have dropped 7 of their last 10 games. You can lose games, but you can't get blown out. The Cavs have not beaten the Pacers in two meetings this season.

The Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors meet Saturday in National Basketball Association action at the Air Canada Centre. The book on the Raptors is that they're basically a really great joint project between two fantastic scoring guards in DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry, and the rest of the team delivers some great features on that album, but it's the Lowry and DeRozan show. Toronto forward Serge Ibaka will return from a one-game suspension, the result of an altercation against the Heat.

Elfrid Payton finished with 27 points and Jonathon Simmons added 23 for the Magic, who have lost seven games in a row and 27 of 31 since November 10.

It was a stunning twist, coming nearly exactly nine months after the Cavs rallied from a 26-point deficit on the same court to beat IN in the playoffs. The team should have no issue with James hunting for assists if they are doing their job but a lot of the role players on the team are having among their worst seasons of their career with respect to points and efficiency. Kevin Love added 21 points and 10 rebounds for Cleveland.

"We were missing Myles and we're definitely a much better team when we have everybody in uniform", McMillan said. They are 1-6 in those seven.

Fast transitions, three-point shooting and rapidly switching on defence are hallmarks of a Golden State team that has gone to the NBA Finals three straight years and won the title twice.

Asked about the team's defense by a reporter, LeBron James snapped saying the reporter didn't look like he could play defense, either. Jrue Holiday chipped in 25 points, six assists, five rebounds and four steals for the Pelicans, who shot 53.4 percent from the field.

Over the last few weeks we've heard whispers that the Cavs were interested in DeAndre Jordan and could dangle Tristan Thompson in the right deal.

Trailing 6-4, Cleveland used a 22-0 run to take a 26-6 lead in the first quarter. The advantage stretched to 59-36 as Siakam scored six consecutive points, four of them on dunks.

Spencer Dinwiddie delivered the go-ahead basket with 11 seconds left and came within one rebound of a triple-double as the Nets topped the Hawks 110-105.

The Cavs rank 29th in defensive rating, giving up 109.5 points per 100 possessions, better only than the 13-28 Sacramento Kings.

While Cavaliers players understand there are things that need to be fixed, they don't quite get what Lue meant by "agendas".

Pacers guard Lance Stephenson, who had 16 points and 11 rebounds, made a driving layup with 3:13 left to cut Cleveland's lead to 95-93.



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