George leads Pacers past Cavs

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Updated: December 31, 2013

Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) – Paul George poured in 21 points as the
Indiana Pacers used a strong fourth quarter to take a 91-76 win over the
Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday.

Roy Hibbert added 19 points and five blocks, while George Hill and Danny
Granger finished with 13 and 12 points, respectively, for the Pacers, who
have won five straight and improved to 15-1 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

“Today’s game was a perfect example of being able to win a basketball game
when you’re shot isn’t falling,” said Pacers coach Frank Vogel. “We buckled
down on defense. George (Hill) did a fantastic job on Kyrie Irving, that’s not
an easy thing to do. It was a really special defensive performance.”

Anderson Varejao had 14 points and 11 rebounds, Dion Waiters scored 12 and
Kyrie Irving added 10 points and five assists for the Cavaliers, losers in six
straight.

Irving was helped off the court late in the third quarter after suffering
what appeared to be a left knee injury, but returned at the start of the
fourth quarter.

The Pacers trailed 68-65 after a Cody Zeller jump hook 14 seconds into the
fourth, but Indiana scored six straight and took a three-point lead on
George’s three-point play at the 10:12 mark.

Anthony Bennett knocked down a deep jumper from the wing to pull the Cavs
within 71-70. Indiana, however, used a 16-4 burst to go up 87-74 and never
looked back.

Cleveland was held to just 10 points and committed nine turnovers in the
fourth quarter.

The Cavs led 25-23 after the first quarter and owned a 44-41 lead at the
break. Cleveland’s lead never reached higher than three points in the third
and the visitors took a 66-65 lead into the final frame.

Game Notes

The Pacers held their opponent to 80-or-fewer points for the fifth time this
season … Indiana outscored the Cavs by a 42-26 margin in the paint …
Cleveland fell to 2-14 on the road this season.