Korver’s 3s, James’ Energy Boost Lead Cavs Past Pacers

MICHAEL MAROT, AP Sports Writer

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kyle Korver scored a season-high 29 points and LeBron James gave the Cleveland Cavaliers a second-half energy boost, lifting the defending champs over the Indiana Pacers 132-117 on Wednesday night.

Cleveland has won the first three games on its four-game road trip and six of its last seven overall.

James had 25 points, six rebounds and nine assists and Korver hit 8 of 9 3-pointers. Kyrie Irving had 29 points.

C.J. Miles scored 23 points to lead the Pacers, who ended a season-best seven-game winning streak. Jeff Teague had 22 points and 14 assists.

Indiana led most of the first half and still had a 63-57 edge at halftime.

James scored 16 points in the second half while Cleveland rallied. The Cavs went on a 14-2 run in the third quarter to lead 78-72, extended the margin to 14 at the end of three and never let the Pacers seriously challenge again.

Cleveland, which struggled to make shots early, hit 61.9 percent from the field in the second half.

Indiana, meanwhile, shot just 34.8 percent in the third quarter when it scored 18 points.

Paul George finished with 22 points, eight rebounds and six assists for the Pacers.

TIP-INS

Cavaliers: The 40 points Cleveland scored in the third quarter was a season high. … Korver has 1,992 3-pointers, moving him past Jason Kidd (1,988) for No. 7 on the NBA’s career list. … The Cavs were 16 of 36 on 3s, their fourth straight game with 15 or more. … Cleveland evened the season series with Indiana at one win each and will play the final two regular-season games on its home court. … The Cavs were 24 of 26 from the free-throw line and topped the 110-point mark for the ninth time in 11 games.

Pacers: Myles Turner has 16 points and seven rebounds. … Indiana had a four-game home winning streak snapped. … The Pacers lost at home to Cleveland for only the second time since 2010-11. … Indiana matched its season high for points in a first quarter with 36 and fell three points short of matching a season high for points in the first half. … Starting forward Thaddeus Young (sprained left wrist) sat out again Wednesday, and coach Nate McMillan said it was unlikely Young would return Friday or Saturday.

UP NEXT

Cavaliers: Are looking to sweep the road trip at Oklahoma City on Thursday night.

Pacers: Will visit Washington on Friday night. The Pacers have gone 14-5 since losing to the Wizards on Dec. 28.

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