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[CLEVELAND] — The Cleveland Cavaliers played host to the Indiana Pacers last night and the hometown crowd got exactly what they paid for in the form of a hard-fought 135 to 130 Cavs victory. The win bumps Cleveland's record up to 49-27 on the season, while the loss drags Indiana's down to 37-40. More than just a victory, the performance could serve as a boost for the Cavaliers. Having scored early and often against their opponents this time out, the club will look to capitalize on their momentum heading into their next contest.

Leading the way in one of the finest individual performances of the season was LeBron James. James's borderline-historic night of 41 points, 16 rebounds, 11 assists, 1 blocks and 2 steals in 52 minutes will be remembered as one of the nights he truly displayed why he's held in such regard at the NBA level. Ask anybody, however - James included - and the most important part is that the Cavaliers walked away with the W. Each win adds up over the course of the season with the end goal being far more satisfying than a Tweetable stat line.

Though not quite able to steal the show, Paul George did a fine job leading his ultimately unsuccessful Pacers. George's 43 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists were one bright spot for the team that spun out in the matchup.

From a personal standpoint, Paul George made his presence felt from beyond the arc, toying with defenders all night long and connecting on an impressive 6 bombs. Putting a stop to any NBA calibre talent is no easy task, but even more so when they're red-hot from beyond three-point range.

Perhaps just as significant if not more so than any individual performance, was Cleveland's ability to take the Pacers out of their game. A stellar defensive performance by the Cavaliers helped insure the victory from the moment the two teams set foot on the court. Should the club continue to excel on both sides of the ball, the rest of the league better start planning accordingly.

Up next for the reeling Cavs will be a date with the Orlando Magic while the visiting Pacers will look to bounce back in a matchup with the Toronto Raptors.

Cavaliers Stats

Roster P R A B S M
L. James4116111252
K. Irving23571146
K. Love201210037
J. Smith18520242
T. Thompson12900143
C. Frye10601019
D. Williams9060017
I. Shumpert2211123
R. Jefferson0110011

Pacers Stats

Roster P R A B S M
P. George43991348
C. Miles27620134
J. Teague174110144
T. Young19900029
M. Ellis7630036
M. Turner8321147
L. Stephenson4330018
L. Allen5400016
A. Brooks0221014
K. Seraphin000004
DetailsClevelandIndiana
Game No.7677
Score135130
Average110.0105.0
Record49-2737-40
 
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