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Big third quarter propels Pacers to 99-89 win over Cavaliers

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 21, 2012
Hill Pacers and Zeller
The Pacers' George Hill, left, jumps to the basket against the Cavaliers' Tyler Zeller during the first quarter Friday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND: The Cavaliers' defense fell apart in the third quarter when the Pacers scored 33 points en route to a 99-89 victory. The Cavs have lost 17 consecutive games within the Central Division.

Kyrie Irving had 17 points, five assists and six turnovers and Tristan Thompson had 12 points and 13 rebounds, but the Cavs were outscored in the paint 52-36 -- 26 of the Pacers' 33 points in the decisive third quarter came in the lane.

Tempers flared in the second half when Daniel Gibson and Tyler Hansbrough received double technicals for exchanging words, then Tristan Thompson stepped in to break it up and he and Hansbrough began shouting at each other again. Those two got into it last week at Indiana when Thompson caught Hansbrough's brother, Ben, with an elbow to the face.

Gerald Green followed with an explosive dunk over Samardo Samuels and was assessed a technical for taunting -- starting at him after the play. 

Roy Hibbert had 18 points and six rebounds for the Pacers, David West had 15 points and 10 rebounds and the Pacers won for the fifth time in six games. The Cavs have lost six straight, matching their longest losing streak of the season.

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