They didn't. They fought and won an important game that may have a huge impact on seeding during playoff time.
Following an 18-1 run from November 11 through December 17, the Cavs have lost seven of 10 games.
By now, you'd think Pacer fans would stop writing their team off after a slow start.
The Cavaliers (26-15) will play the second of back-to-back games Friday night at IN (21-20).
After halftime, IN did a much better job IN limiting turnovers and getting back on defense. More than any other Pacers player, he seems to feed off the home crowd's energy, just as the crowd feeds off him. Stephen Curry is averaging 27.9 points and 6.4 assists while Kevin Durant is averaging 26.3 points and seven rebounds. The Cavs have now given up over 125 points in three straight games and have given up over 110 points in four of five games in January.
Whatever the reason, the Cavs were inconsistently consistent. It's the first time in 10 Central Division games Cleveland failed to score at least 100.
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"We played so hard on the defensive end", Stephenson told Fox Sports Indiana after the game. Domantas Sabonis struggled with his shot but still contributed a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds.
The Boston Celtics climbed off the mat at London's O2 Arena, rallying from a 22-point first-half deficit to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 114-103. Valanciunas nearly earned a double-double in six minutes of play in the opening quarter with nine points and nine rebounds.
At Minnesota, the game was virtually over when the Timberwolves jumped out to a 20-4 lead on the Cavs. Thomas went 0-for-11 with several attempts blocked before ending the drought with 7:22 left in the third quarter.
The damage was done in the fourth quarter, where the Warriors scored 28 and restricted the Bucks to only 12.
Thomas, who will sit out at IN because he has not been cleared to play both nights of a back-to-back, finished with four points, two rebounds and three assists, hitting 2-of-15 field goals and 0-for-6 from long range. Frye started the second quarter and the Raptors' lead quickly increased from six to 12 before coach Tyronn Lue pulled him after four minutes. "Our guys have shown they have some potential. but we have a lot of growth that we have to continue to see, making plays and really learning how to win in situations like (Wednesday night)".
With one of the league's worst defense, the Cavaliers are a shell of the team which got blown out in last year's NBA Finals. "We still have work to do to get to where we want to go, and I know it sounds like coach speak, but it's true".