LeBron James gets technical foul for soft push on Lance Stephenson

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Indiana's 97-95 victory over the Cavs on Friday night sends them into their longest western road trip of the season with a 22-20 record.

LeBron James isn't enjoying the view lately, watching the end of blowout losses from the Cleveland Cavaliers' bench. In a heated match-up between the Cavs and Pacers, James gave a slight nudge to Stephenson who promptly acted like it was the hardest push he has ever received.

Stephenson had 16 points and 11 rebounds to help host IN erase a 22-point, first-half deficit and beat Cleveland 97-95.

The loss was the third straight for the three-time defending Eastern Conference champion Cavaliers.

"We have enough talent here to get over that hump and make a lot of good things happen", Love said.

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.

Since then, though, the Cavs haven't been almost as impressive and, currently, Cleveland is in the midst of a losing spell with six defeats in eight games.

But James had two chances in the final two seconds to win it and missed both opportunities - after Victor Oladipo gave in the lead for good on a 3-pointer with 2:09 left in the game.

James had 21 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds and was called for a technical foul after reacting to Stephenson's jab by shoving him in the chest. Then, after Collison made a free throw to give the Pacers a 97-95 lead, James' desperation 3 bounced high off the rim as the buzzer sounded. "That's all. He's a little dirty. He's a little dirty", James said. "I should have known, I've known since school, it's not the guy who tells the joke that gets caught it's the guy who laughs. So they caught me on the retaliation, so - but he played well tonight". "He played well, though". James scored 26 points in this loss while Isaiah Thomas missed his first 11 shots.

Thomas connecting on a short jumper at 7:22 of the third quarter for his first basket.

John Wall and Bradley Beal both scored 30 points in the Wizards' 125-119 win over the Magic.

Anthony Davis scored 36 points and added nine rebounds in the Pelicans' 119-113 win over the Trail Blazers, but his team-mate DeMarcus Cousins was as good or better with 24 points, 19 boards and eight assists.

Davis did not appear at all bothered by the injury that kept him out of Wednesday night's narrow loss in Memphis, scoring on everything from explosive dribble drives to soaring dunks.

Taj Gibson added 17 points and Andrew Wiggins had 16 for Minnesota. Marvin Williams scored 15 and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist 12 for the Hornets, who won despite an off night for Dwight Howard (eight points).

ATLANTA - Spencer Dinwiddie had 20 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds, Jahlil Okafor added 17 points in a reserve role and Brooklyn beat Atlanta.

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

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