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Cavs fall to Pacers after fourth-quarter collapse

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 31, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS: The Cavs shot 3-for-16 in the fourth quarter with 7 turnovers after leading after each of the first three quarters in falling to the Indiana Pacers 91-76 on Tuesday, extending their losing skid to a season-high six straight.

Anderson Varejao had 14 points and 11 rebounds in his 500th regular season game, Tristan Thompson had 13 rebounds and Kyrie Irving survived an injury scare to finish with 10 points and five rebounds, but the Cavs lost for the eighth time in their last nine games.

The Cavs scored one basket over a four-minute stretch early in the fourth quarter turn a 68-65 lead into an 80-72 deficit from which they never recovered.

Irving twisted his left knee when he slipped and fell while driving to the basket late in the third quarter. He gingerly started walking toward the bench during a timeout, then sat down and eventually laid on his back. He was helped off the court while putting very little weight on the knee, but returned to the game for the fourth quarter.

The Cavs end December 5-9 after starting the month 4-1. 

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