Love helps refs, Cavs beat Pacers, end losing streak

Tue Mar 1, 2016 12:08am EST
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(The Sports Xchange) - First, Kevin Love signaled that the Indiana Pacers should've been called for an eight-second violation in the backcourt.

Then he patted his head to signal Paul George's 3-pointer came after the shot clock.

Finally he twirled his index finger toward the officials to signal they should review the play.

"I was giving so many signals," Love joked. "I felt like a third-base coach out there."

Ultimately, he was correct. George's 3-pointer was taken away and the Cleveland Cavaliers ended a two-game losing streak with a 100-96 victory against the Pacers.

George's 3-pointer appeared to tie the game at 89 with 4:46 left, but officials agreed to review the play at the next timeout.

That didn't come until 2:27 remained. By then, the Pacers went into the timeout leading by four. They came out of it clinging to a one-point lead and suddenly were trailing when LeBron James scored off the inbounds play to give the Cavs the lead.

"That was a game changer right there," Love said. "That was a huge difference for us."

James scored 33 points after taking a day off and Tristan Thompson came off the bench to provide a big basket and block, both in the final minute, after the Cavs had lost three of their last four.   Continued...

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (0) directs his teammates against the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre. Toronto defeated Cleveland 99-97. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports