Cavs seek first win of season over Pacers

Cavs seek first win of season over Pacers

In their place has emerged a far more egalitarian system, created to make Toronto far less predictable when it enters the crucible of the NBA's post-season.

The Cavaliers, who lost 133-99 at Toronto on Thursday, led by 22 after the first quarter Friday yet still fell to 0-3 against the Pacers this season.

The Pacers have now won six games this season when trailing by at least 10 points.

This game will be another blip on an 82-game season if the Cavs return to the Finals.

Dating back to Christmas Day, the Cavaliers have lost six of their last eight games.

The Boston Celtics climbed off the mat at London's O2 Arena, rallying from a 22-point first-half deficit to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 114-103.

Ibaka served a one-game suspension for throwing a punch at Miami's James Johnson in Tuesday's home loss to the Heat.

The Raptors are now 2.5 games ahead of the Cavaliers at the midway point of the season. "James recorded a game-high 26 points, but had just one assist to two turnovers and finished a game-worst minus-22 in 32 minutes of action".

Jaylen Brown added 21 points, while Marcus Morris had 19 points and eight rebounds to help the Eastern Conference-leading Celtics extend their winning streak to seven games.

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But if someone only watched the way the Cavs played Thursday, he or she would question how in the world anyone thinks they can get back to the National Basketball Association finals. I'm very low on the Cavs and don't think these struggles are a fluke.

Since James returned to Cleveland in 2014, the Cavs have been through rough stretches, and James acknowledged that Thursday morning. The Pacers cut a bit of the lead in the second, then doubled up Cleveland in the third quarter, 32-16, taking a 2-point lead to the fourth.

Isaiah Thomas has returned from a hip injury, and they are still struggling.

Even when there was only seconds left, Stephenson was still at it.

But James knocked down a 3-pointer on the ensuing Cavs possesion and Cleveland slowly built its lead back up to 12 points. The Cavs have now given up over 125 points in three straight games and have given up over 110 points in four of five games in January.

"The only thing is with my kids getting older, that's the only thing that kind of stops me from going as long as I'd like to", James said before the Cavaliers played the Toronto Raptors.

"They're still a good team, they still play hard, the young guys play hard", Lue said in pregame.

IN ranks 14th in assists per game (22.7) while Cleveland ranks last in assists allowed per game (25.8).

The Cavs would get the ball back with a second to go, but James can't bury a tough 3-point shot attempt similar to what he made in a win against the Washington Wizards last season.

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