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Cavs fail to get shot off with chance to tie, fall to Pacers 82-78

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 5, 2014
Thompson, Tristan lying on court
Tristan Thompson and the Pacers' Lance Stephenson battle for a loose ball in the second quarter Sunday in Cleveland. Thompson had 13 points and 10 rebounds, but the Cavs lost 82-78. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND: Earl Clark stepped out of bounds with a chance to force overtime and the short-handed Cavs lost to the Indiana Pacers 82-78 on Sunday.

For the second time in a week, the Cavs couldn’t get off a game-tying shot off an inbounds pass. And both times it wound up in Clark’s hands. Down 81-78 with 6.9 seconds left, Matthew Dellavedova struggled inbounding the ball and finally flipped it to Clark on the wing, who didn’t seem to be expecting the pass and had his foot on the sideline when he caught the ball.

The Cavs botched an inbounds play at the end of a loss at Boston last weekend, when Clark again unexpectedly wound up with the ball in his hands in the final seconds. He took a dribble and was unable to get a shot off before the buzzer.

C.J. Miles had 21 points and six rebounds and Dion Waiters had 14 points, including 12 consecutive points in the fourth quarter when he brought the Cavs back from a 16-point deficit in the final minutes. Tristan Thompson had 13 points and 10 rebounds and Anderson Varejao had 13 rebounds for the Cavs.

The Cavs were without their top two point guards. Kyrie Irving missed his third consecutive game with an injured left knee and Jarrett Jack was a late scratch with back spasms, forcing the Cavs to start Dellavedova at point guard.

The Cavs have lost eight of their last nine and 10 of their last 12. 

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