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February 29, 2020- Cleveland Cavaliers defeated by Indiana Pacers

Cavaliers and Pacers regular season game recap

During Saturday night’s face-off, the Cleveland Cavaliers lost against the Indiana Pacers 104-113 at home in Cleveland, OH at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Everyone was active for the Cavaliers. At the same time, Everyone was active for the Pacers. With the loss, the Cavaliers fall to 17-43 in the regular season and to 1-2 vs. the Pacers in the series.

On the Cavaliers, Kevin Love had 20 points in 37:18, shooting 6/9 (66.7%) from the field. In addition, Love also got a solid 12 rebounds and dished a team-high 7 assists. Andre Drummond added a team-high 27 points in 35:36, going 12/21 (57.1%) from the field. Drummond also got a notable team-high 13 rebounds, swiped a decent 4 steals, and dished 4 assists. Other vital performers included Collin Sexton (who recorded 16 points and added 4 assists),Darius Garland (who had 5 assists), and Larry Nance Jr. (who grabbed a decent 3 steals).

For the Pacers, T.J. Warren added an important team-high 30 points, going 14/20 (70.0%) from the field in 36:11. Additionally, Warren also dished 6 assists. Domantas Sabonis recorded 18 points, scoring 8/13 (61.5%) from the field in 41:54. Additionally, Sabonis also grabbed a useful team-high 13 rebounds and got a team-high 9 assists. Other important productions were made by Myles Turner (who managed to grab a useful 10 rebounds and made 4 blocks),Victor Oladipo (who had 19 points and had 3 steals),Malcolm Brogdon (who scored 22 points and passed out 8 assists), and Justin Holiday (who added 3 steals).

1st Quarter

The 1st Quarter was set in motion as expected as the Cavaliers shot 7/14 from the field and 0/2 from deep in the first half of the quarter for a total of 14 points. Center Andre Drummond was an important player in this good start as he gained 10 points on 5/7 shooting (0/2 from the three point mark). Drummond also pulled down 1 rebound in addition to points. The Pacers had little trouble in similar fashion at the start of the quarter, making 5/11 from the field and 2/4 from three for a total of 15 points. Point Guard Malcolm Brogdon was a critical player in this reasonable start for the Pacers as he gained 4 points on 2/3 shooting (0/0 from three).

After the dependable start to the 1st Quarter, the Cavaliers continued the performance to round out the quarter, gaining 17 points while going 7/12 from the field and 2/4 from three. The Pacers also faced no issues while finishing out the period, adding 15 points on 7/13 shooting (1/3 from deep). The 1st Quarter ended with the Cavaliers down by 1 point (31-30). Andre Drummond was the biggest contributor of the quarter, scoring 10 points. On the Pacers, T.J. Warren scored 9 points.

2nd Quarter

The 2nd Quarter started unexceptionally as the Cavaliers shot 4/8 from the field and 0/0 from deep in the first half of the quarter for a total of 12 points. Power Forward Kevin Love was a prime player in this reasonable start as he added 4 points on 1/1 shooting (0/0 from deep). Love also pulled down 3 rebounds in addition to his points. Matthew Dellavedova was also a valuable player in the beginning of the quarter, scored 4 points while shooting 2/2 (0/0 from the three point mark).Comparingly, the Pacers also had no issues in the beginning, making 6/12 from the field and 1/4 from three for a total of 13 points. Doug McDermott was a major contributor in this good start for the Pacers as he added 5 points on 2/3 shooting (1/2 from deep). McDermott also managed to pull down 1 rebound in addition to his points.

Despite the decent start to the 2nd Quarter, the Cavaliers struggled shooting to round out the quarter, boasting 15 points while going 4/9 from the field and 1/2 from the three point mark. The Pacers, simultaneously, faced no issues while finishing up the period, adding 13 points on 6/12 shooting (0/1 from deep). The 2nd Quarter ended with the Cavaliers trailing the Pacers by 2 points (58-56). Kevin Love was the main contributor of the quarter, scoring 8 points. On the Pacers, T.J. Warren scored 6 points.

3rd Quarter

The 3rd Quarter started off with the team shooting lights-out as the Cavaliers shot 8/10 from the field and 1/1 from deep in the first half of the quarter for a total of 18 points. Power Forward Kevin Love was a vital contributor in this hot start as he added 4 points on 2/2 shooting (0/0 from deep). Love also made 2 assists and added 3 rebounds in addition to points. Center Andre Drummond was also a valuable contributor in the beginning of the quarter, recorded 4 points while shooting 2/2 (0/0 from three).Drummond also had 2 assists, swiped 2 steals, and added 2 rebounds in addition to his points. Likewise, the Pacers also performed well at the start of the period, shooting 7/11 from the field and 2/5 from deep for a total of 17 points. Shooting Guard Victor Oladipo was a vital player in this reasonable start for the Pacers as he boasted 6 points on 2/4 shooting (1/3 from three). Oladipo also had 1 rebound in addition to his points. Small Forward T.J. Warren gained 5 points and dished out 1 assist.

Despite the convincing start to the 3rd Quarter, the Cavaliers had trouble shooting to finish the quarter, boasting 10 points while going 4/12 from the field and 0/4 from the three point mark. The Pacers, concurrently, faced no issues while closing out the period, scoring 13 points on 5/11 shooting (1/3 from the three point mark). The 3rd Quarter closed with the Cavaliers and the Pacers tied up at 86-86. Victor Oladipo was the most substantial contributor of the quarter, scoring 9 points. On the Cavaliers, Darius Garland scored 6 points.

4th Quarter

The Cavaliers had a rough go at the beginning of the 4th Quarter, recording 3/10 from the field and 0/4 from the three point mark in the first half of the quarter for a total of 9 points. Center Andre Drummond was one player who floundered at the beginning of the quarter, shooting 1/5 from the field and 0/1 from deep for 4 points. Center Andre Drummond added 4 points, had 2 steals, and got 1 rebound. At the same time, the Pacers performed well at the start of the period, scoring 5/9 from the field and 0/1 from three for a total of 12 points. Power Forward Domantas Sabonis was a major contributor in this reasonable start for the Pacers as he boasted 4 points on 2/2 shooting (0/0 from three). Sabonis also dished 1 assist and had 2 rebounds in addition to points. Doug McDermott was also a valuable player in the beginning of the quarter, recorded 4 points while shooting 1/2 (0/1 from three).McDermott also had 1 assist in addition to his points.

After the sluggish start to the 4th Quarter, the Cavaliers continued the effort to finish the period, recording 9 points while going 4/10 from the field and 1/5 from deep. The Pacers, simultaneously, had no trouble finishing out the period, boasting 15 points on 6/8 shooting (1/2 from three). The Cavaliers lost against the Pacers 104-113. Andre Drummond was the biggest contributor of the quarter, scoring 8 points. On the Pacers, T.J. Warren scored 8 points.

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