CLEVELAND: Tyler Zeller had 13 points and seven rebounds in his first start, but the Cavaliers managed just 11 points in the fourth quarter in losing to the Indiana Pacers 100-82 on Tuesday in their preseason finale. The Cavs finish the preseason 3-4.
Cavs coach Byron Scott mixed up his starting lineup, inserting Zeller and Alonzo Gee and removing Tristan Thompson and C.J. Miles. Both Zeller and Gee (18 points, five rebounds) responded with big nights, but the Cavs managed just 13 assists compared to 17 turnovers.
Kyrie Irving had 20 points, but he and Dion Waiters (12 points) combined to shoot 12 of 35. Tristan Thompson had more fouls (five) than rebounds (three) and Anderson Varejao struggled all night. Varejao was forced to shift back to power forward given Zeller's presence in the starting lineup, but he looked lost most of the night.
Varejao's halftime stat line was three fouls and the rest zeroes in nearly 11 minutes. He finished scoreless with seven rebounds and five fouls. He attempted just one shot.
The Cavs will have a week off now before opening the regular season Oct. 30 at home against the Washington Wizards.