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Cavs-Pacers In-Game Report

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 2, 2011

End 3Q: Pacers 89, Cavs 87
* You want baby steps? The Cavs led for 11 seconds during the third quarter. Why is that a big deal? It was their first lead in about 217 game minutes.

* Byron Scott has said for weeks the Cavs have to learn how to take a game away from another team in the fourth quarter. The Cavs too often have lost games in the final six minutes, but this is the type of team they could take a game from.

* Ramon Sessions has 20 points and eight assists. Antawn Jamison has 16 points, but is just 3 of 10 from the floor. Darren Collison has 17 points and eight assists for the Pacers.

Half: Pacers 59, Cavs 54
* The Cavs used an 18-6 run at the end of the second quarter to close the deficit to five at the half. Manny Harris, Ramon Sessions and Anthony Parker have combined for 35 of the Cavs' 54 points.

* Pacers shot just 35 percent in the second quarter (9 of 26), which aided the Cavs' efforts to rally.

* Sessions has 15 points and five assists and just one turnover, which has been a problem for him at times this season. With Daniel Gibson out again tonight, Sessions played nearly 19 minutes in the first half and could push 40 minutes tonight.

* The Cavs have struggled with turnovers over the last few weeks, but they have just four in the first half tonight.

End 1Q: Pacers 35, Cavs 25
* Terrible, awful start and a decent recovery. The Pacers raced out to a 10-0 lead and had 14 points in the paint in the first four minutes. The Cavs did well to cut into the deficit, then allowed Darren Collison to walk uncontested to the 3-point line and launch in the final seconds.

* Point guards are driving this one: Darren Collison has 11 points and four assists, Ramon Sessions has 10 points and three assists. Neither committed a turnover.

* The Pacers want to push the tempo more under interim coach Frank Vogel and put the ball in Collison's hands. So far, so good.

* Before the game, Vogel was talking about simplifying the offense much the way Byron Scott has simplified the Cavs' defense. Pretty simple plans tonight on both sides.

* By the way, the Cavs haven't had a lead in a game in about 194 minutes. But who's counting (besides me)?

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