But the Cavaliers could not keep up with the play of Toronto's bench.
Perhaps the most impressive part of the Toronto victory was their ability to win with a sub-par performance from DeMar DeRozan.
When LeBron James resorts to coaching during a timeout, this no longer qualifies as a Cavaliers' lull.
The result: IN, which trailed 26-6 about eight minutes into the game and still trailed 72-60 with 5:23 left IN the third, rallied.
Victor Oladipo scored 19 points in the win over Cleveland Friday night.
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The Pacers overcame a 22-point deficit in their 97-95 victory over Cleveland, handing the Cavaliers their third straight loss. He left the court but opened the second half and scored 10 points in the third quarter, including an emphatic driving dunk.
Getting to the line could be hard to come by for IN in this showdown.
Early on, it seemed like Cleveland would walk all over the Pacers, getting a bit of revenge for their 0-2 start against IN to start the year. Also, the fourth-ranked offense of the Cavaliers (offensive efficiency of 111.0) will square off against the 22nd-ranked defense of the Pacers (defensive efficiency of 107.9). They are 1-6 in those seven. Cavaliers games have a slight tendency to finish over the total (52.5 percent).
Overcoming a 20-0 run is rarely a recipe for success, but the Indiana Pacers had the right chefs in the kitchen on Friday night.
The loss to the Raptors was the Cavaliers' third straight game in which they gave up more than 127 points to their opponent.
Despite averaging 19 minutes a game, Thompson is only averaging 5.3 points and 5.7 rebounds a game. LaMarcus Aldridge added 24 points and 14 rebounds in a losing cause.
On the road, Cleveland is 9-12 ATS with 11 unders and 10 overs.
"We've been learning it, appreciating it, understanding it, since Day 1 of training camp", said DeRozan on the court of the Biosteel Centre, the Raptors' practice facility.
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Her son told her to stay upstairs, but he told KSBY-6 she went to the ground level and was taken by the knee-deep current of mud. His father, Pinit Sutthithepa, and 2-year-old sister, Lydia, are among the missing, the county sheriff's office said.
IN scored a season-low 12 points in the first. IN is 17-5 when making 10 or more 3s in a game.
JJ Redick had 22 points and hit five three-pointers for Philadelphia, but the 76ers were unable to take advantage of their fast start as the Celtics' NBA-best defence tightened at O2 Arena.
IN ranks 13th in points in the paint per game (44.8) while Cleveland ranks 23rd in points allowed in the paint per game (46.4). The Pacers had just 3 turnovers after halftime and didn't allow a single point off turnovers. Enes Kanter had his 18th double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds, but the Knicks lost for the ninth time in 11 games.
IN ranks fifth in steals allowed per game (6.9) while Cleveland ranks 13th (7.6).
IN averages 12.1 second chance points per game, which ranks 15th in the league. Cleveland, however, got a chance while the clock ticked under five seconds. 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.
Of course, they lost that 22-point lead, accounting for their biggest collapse of the season.
Blake Griffin says he's fully recovered from the concussion he suffered last weekend and marveled at how his Los Angeles Clippers have maneuvered their way around a series of injuries to key players this season.
Trump extends Iran nuclear deal again
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to publicly preview the decision . That decision came despite the United Nations having certified Iran's compliance with the deal eight times.