Cavaliers rally to defeat Pacers in OT

Mon Feb 1, 2016 11:40pm EST
 
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(The Sports Xchange) - There's a specific reason why Cleveland's LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love are referred to as "The Big Three."

Big-time situations call for big-time results, and in the Cavaliers' 111-106 overtime victory against Indiana on Monday night, James, Irving and Love were the big difference-makers.

Cleveland (35-12), which extended its winning streak to five, outscored the Pacers 15-10 in overtime with Irving scoring eight, James adding four and Love sinking a 3-pointer.

Irving finished with a game-best 25 points, three rebounds and seven assists. James added 24 points, 12 rebounds and six assists, and Love added 19 points, eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks. The trio finished 26 of 57 from the field.

"It's only one of 82, but we knew what we came here to do, and that was to take care of business," Irving said. "We knew it would be a hard fought game in this arena, and we were locked in. They made a run in the third quarter, but we came back in the fourth quarter and overtime."

James gave the Cavaliers the lead for good with 1:37 remaining in the extra period, and two Irving free throws pushed the Cleveland lead to 107-104 with 43.2 seconds to go.

Irving and James each sank two free throws during the final 13.7 seconds as Cleveland improved to 25-2 when scoring 100 points or more and 25-3 when leading at halftime.

"It was a great win for us, considering we haven't won here in six years," Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said. "I just told the guys that we can't resort back to bad habits when things get tough. We have to continue to play the same way we have been playing."

Love said the Cavaliers were fortunate.   Continued...

 
Feb 1, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) dribbles the ball around Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (13) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports