Notes, quotes and observations after the Cavaliers fell 97-95 to the Indiana Pacers Friday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse to finish 1-4 on their 11-day road trip.

1. It’s hard to call it progress when the Cavs blew a 22-point first-quarter lead. But after suffering their worst and second-worst losses of the season in back-to-back games and Cavs coach Tyronn Lue resting his starters in the fourth quarter against the Timberwolves and Raptors, at least the game was in LeBron James’ hands to win or lose in the final seconds.

2. And he stepped out of bounds with 2.3 ticks remaining.

3. Driving the baseline against Darren Collison, James turned it over, one of his five on the night. It stood up under video review and although James wasn’t sure about the call immediately after the game, he later tweeted, “Definitely stepped out a tiny bit after seeing it over again! Needed to be in OKC on that drive. Lol. Live and you Learn.”

4. OKC was a reference to the infamous no-call on the Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo just before his game-winning shot that beat the Oklahoma City Thunder on Dec. 26.

5. James liked what he thought was going to happen on the possession.

6. “Coach drew up a great play. We had what we wanted…” James said.

7. “We ran a cross screen with the point guard,” Lue explained. “We were thinking he wouldn’t switch it and he could just curl off and attack, but they switched and it was even better for us. He had Darren Collison on him, so he wanted to attack and get to the basket.”

8. James still got up a last-gasp 3 that would have won it at the buzzer, a shot that would have been a desperation fallaway for anyone else but the four-time league MVP.

9. “We work on it a lot. Touchdown. Shouldn’t have come down to that point, but it did,” Lue said of James’ final attempt. “Kevin threw a great pass. Bron, tough shot, but easy shot for him and he got a good look.”

10. But what seemed like a step forward in terms of effort was diminished as the Cavs came out with what James called “low energy” in the third quarter and let the Pacers start with an 11-0 run.

11. The Cavs also went scoreless in the final 3:57 as they fell to 0-3 against the Pacers this season.

12. “We had some really good looks,” James said. “Swish (J.R. Smith) had a 3 that was a really good look off a step-side from (Victor) Oladipo. Got the offensive rebound, kicked it to Jose (Calderon) for a wide-open 3 on the left wing, had a great look. Double T (Tristan Thompson) had some great rolls, great looks that didn’t go our way. I had a left-wing 3, had an elbow jumper. It was a good look. Just didn’t go down.”

13. A 22-0 run in the first quarter was also no consolation.

14. “We went 1-5 or 1-4 or whatever the hell it was on this road trip, so no progress,” James said.

15. “First half I thought we really had a good punch offensively pushing the pace,” Lue said as the Cavs held a 34-8 edge in fast-break points at the break. “Came out in that third quarter just walking around. We didn’t push, we didn’t attack. It could’ve been a little tired or fatigue, I’m not sure.”

16. In the third quarter, the Pacers outscored the Cavs 32-16 and held the Cavs to five fast-break points. In the period, the Pacers shot 54 percent from the field, the Cavs 29 percent.

17. “They scored 30-plus and didn’t allow us to get out on the break,” James said. “Obviously they came in at halftime, coach (Nate) McMillan made adjustments and they executed.”

18. Next up for the Cavs (26-16), losers of eight of their last 11, is a Martin Luther King Day game against the defending champion Golden State Warriors Monday at Quicken Loans Arena. The Warriors carry an 11-game road winning streak into Saturday’s game at Toronto.

19. Since a 99-92 Christmas Day loss at Golden State, the Cavs have dropped seven of nine and have scored 100 points only once in that stretch.

20. Asked if the Warriors present more of a challenge because of how poorly the Cavs are playing, James said, “It doesn’t change. You could win a hundred straight games and face the Warriors and there are still challenges.”

21. Warriors star Stephen Curry re-sprained his troublesome right ankle before a Wednesday night loss to the Clippers and did not play in Friday’s victory at Milwaukee. But in his five games before that, he averaged 35.2 points and made 33 3-pointers. Curry is listed as questionable for Saturday.

22. Asked if it is the Warriors defense that is the most troublesome, Kevin Love said, “It’s everything now, especially since they have Steph back, he puts them in a whole different category. Gonna have to scrap, going to have to fight, use our home court to our advantage we play well and leave it all out there on the floor.”

23. Tristan Thompson wouldn’t agree with the premise that the Warriors bring out the best in the Cavs. Last MLK Day, the Cavs were drilled 126-91 at Golden State, the last of a six-game road trip.

24. “Uh, it’s regular season,” Thompson said. “Guys try to be at their top performance when it gets to June if you’re able to get there and play against them. But last MLK I think we were on the road and it was like the last game of a crazy road trip. We’ll see. We’ll go out and play and compete and just be us. Go from there. It’s a long year. It’s a long year.”

25. One more nugget about the game because it added another chapter to the James-Lance Stephenson rivalry.

26. With 7:53 remaining, James was called for a technical foul following a video review for giving Stephenson a forearm to the chest, a blow that Stephenson exaggerated.

27. James said Stephenson pinched him hard in the side and he made the mistake of retaliating.

28. “Lance is just a little dirty, that’s all,” James said. “We got a history, so I already know that. I’ve known since school, it’s not the guy who tells the joke who gets caught, it’s the guy who laughs. They caught me on the retaliation, so, but he played well tonight.”

29. Stephenson came off the bench to score 16 points with 11 rebounds and four assists in 30 minutes.

30. “I was just playing hard, trying to get into him,” Stephenson said of the incident. “He’s a great player and you just can’t play regular defense on him. You gotta get on to him and try to get into him. It’s hard to get into his head, but tonight, I guess, was a night when we did it.”

31. Thompson might not agree with that. He said the Cavs had no reaction when James and Stephenson get into it.

32. “That’s just him trying to kill clock time,” Thompson said. “He probably needed a breather or something. (James) has played so many games against him, he’s not worried about that. Whatever Lance is doing to try to get himself going, he’s going to do that. But we’re not worried about that.”

33. Lue thought the Cavs showed encouraging signs in this loss, especially since Isaiah Thomas (rested because of back-to-back) and Dwyane Wade (veteran day) didn’t play.

34. But a 1-4 road trip after going 0-3 on the previous one isn’t encouraging. The Cavs do get a break with eight of their next 11 at home.

35. “I just take away tonight, our effort and competing was really good. Held this team to 97 points,” Lue said. “Defensively we were pretty good. Oladipo made some big shots down the stretch. Now it’s time to get back to the Q, get back home. Get our fans behind us. We need them and start from there.”