Pacers stay perfect against Cavs, comeback to win 97-95

LeBron James

The Indiana Pacers fought back from a 22-point first half deficit to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 97-95. Along with frustrating LeBron James, Lance Stephson chipped in 16 points and 11 rebounds off the bench. Dwelling on their poor play won't do them any good with the coming to town on Monday.

Kemba Walker scored 22 points and Frank Kaminsky added 16 to lead Charlotte past visiting Utah for its fourth victory in six games.

LeBron James isn't throwing his sneakers over the telephone wire just yet, although not for the reason people may think.

Bankers Life Fieldhouse rose to their feet with 8 minutes left in the 4th, as LeBron was whistled for a technical foul for shoving Stephenson. That's what Stephenson does. "Normally bigs don't want to push the ball up so I kind of just sat there and waited a little behind the guard", Wallace said.

Asked if he had ever seen a player with a persona quite like Stephenson's, Oladipo said, "No". That's why he's Lance.

However, like they've had to do too often as of late, the Pacers clawed their way back with strong play from their guards.

Stephenson on the road has not been almost as dynamic as Stephenson at home.

The MVP tag could also be applied to Ibaka, as Toronto's most volatile player, a 6-foot-10 power forward whose short fuse has not done him any favours this season.

Kemba Walker posted 15 of his 22 points in the first half, finishing 5-for-14 from the field for the Hornets. "With how good we really are, we can't allow these types of games to happen".

Stephenson didn't do any ear blowing in Friday night's game, but he did poke James' hip with his thumb in a odd manner during the fourth quarter.

"We've all got to be accountable for actions, accountable for how we play, how hard we play, what we're doing for one another", James told reporters after the game. "I mean, we've got a history, so I already know that".

LeBron James did not sound too anxious about the Cavs' struggles recently, but he also said that the team got to find a way out.

As the Cleveland Cavaliers continue to struggle, questions about the roster will remain in the forefront.

Early on it certainly didn't look like the Pacers would be carrying that victorious momentum into their upcoming road trip. The Pacers have been shorthanded the past two games with starting center Myles Turner (elbow injury) unable to play. "It's going to be a whole different type of game and we have to be ready for that". That's a small frontcourt by National Basketball Association standards, but Stephenson was physical enough to make it work. He said the second-year player carries himself with a maturity and a hard-nosed mentality not usually associated with a player so young. "We were able to get stops, rebounds and score with that group". "That's not how the game is played, and you don't cheat the game".

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