Struggling Cavs routed again, Lakers post third straight win

However, he was infuriated by the lack of precision and drive in Thursday night's blowout loss to the Toronto Raptors.

Perhaps the most impressive part of the Toronto victory was their ability to win with a sub-par performance from DeMar DeRozan.

With the Cavaliers down a point with under five seconds left, LeBron James's foot goes out as he charges to the rim. The Heat's mark was above their season average of 0.523. Four bench players produced double-digit scoring nights, with Fred VanVleet's 22 points leading the team.

Getting to the line could be hard to come by for IN in this showdown.

Pacers: "You can't play regular defense on him", Stephenson said, referring to James. Cavaliers games have a slight tendency to finish over the total (52.5 percent). The win is Indiana's third over Cleveland this season and improves their record to 22-20. It's a mess that's only getting messier because Friday night, the Cavaliers would drop their third straight. Griffin followed with a 3-pointer and Williams later scored on a short jumper, but the Kings pulled to 117-115 on George Hill's free throw with 24.9 seconds left. Love chipped in with 21 points and hauled down 10 boards, with Jeff Green the only other Cavs player to score in double figures with 13 points off the bench.

On the road, Cleveland is 9-12 ATS with 11 unders and 10 overs.

It was a successful home-stand, as the Pacers went 3-1. The Cavaliers are now losers of seven of their last nine games. Wade scored four points while also going 2-of-8 from the floor. Entering the final quarter, the Pacers held a 76-74 lead.

Pacers: Sabonis had 12 points and 15 rebounds. Cleveland played well after that but IN got kept it with an arm's length.

Suddenly, the same team that had gone on a stretch of 18 wins in 19 games has been replaced by another wearing the same jerseys that's now lost six of its last eight. Toronto relied on the backcourt tandem of DeRozan and Kyle Lowry to make the Eastern Conference final in 2016 and the conference semifinal in 2017, losing to Cleveland both times. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 35 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.2 rebounds per game.

IN averages 12.1 second chance points per game, which ranks 15th in the league. Without both their starting point guard and backup point guard in the lineup - and were both given the night off to rest - Cleveland built a 22-point lead, had its best defensive quarter of the season by holding in to 12 points in the opening frame and kept the Pacers to 97 points overall (far better than the 127, 127 and 133 the, and hung on them the previous three games). GRIFFIN'S HEALTH Griffin shot 5 of 14 and was 2 for 7 from beyond the arc in his return from a concussion he suffered last Saturday.

IN is 2-3 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs over their last five games.

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