Cleveland blows 22 point lead

13 January 2018 13:08:51 EST

There's no way to sugar coat it, the Cleveland Cavaliers are currently a mess.

The visitors from Ohio lost to the Indiana Pacers 97-95 Friday evening at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

The Pacers have owned the Cavaliers this season, with the hosts picking up their third victory over the defending Eastern Conference Champions.

Leading the way for the Pacers was Lance Stephenson, as the 27-year old shooting guard from Brooklyn, New York came off the bench to score 16 points while grabbing 11 rebounds and passing out four assists for a double-double for the game.

Alongside Victor Oladipo the Pacers may have found a solid piece in Domantas Sabonis, as the 21-year old power forward scored 12 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for a double-double.

Sabonis was the other player Indiana picked up from Oklahoma City Thunder in the Paul George trade this summer and the Pacers appear to have won that trade decisively.

The Cavaliers were outscored 85-61 after Indiana only put up 12 points in the first quarter to start the game. Cleveland now has lost three straight games by a combined 64 points and have only won three of their past ten contests.

The visitors currently have a record of 26-16 and sit in third place in the Eastern Conference, with the Miami Heat only one and a half games behind the Cavaliers.

LeBron James led Cleveland in defeat, as the 33-year old small forward from Akron, Ohio scored a game high 27 points while passing out 11 assists and pulling down eight rebounds for a double-double. 

Cleveland are 9/5 to win the Eastern Conference this season and 10/1 to go and grab NBA Finals success.

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