Indiana (1-5) advanced to the Eastern Conference finals last season, but opened the preseason with five straight losses. The Pacers trailed by three at halftime, but outscored Cleveland 33-26 in the third quarter to take a 69-65 lead. The Pacers pulled away in the fourth quarter.
The Pacers, taking advantage of 19 fouls called on Cleveland in the third quarter, were 15 of 25 from the line in the period. Indiana took the lead late in the quarter on a basket by Luis Scola.
Pacers forward Danny Granger missed the game because of a strained left calf that occurred Friday against Chicago.
The PTI guys discuss the rumour that the Philadelphia 76ers will select Ben Simmons with the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.
The Cavs are winning in merchandise sales, too. Fans have purchased more championship gear than any other NBA Finals. The response "has been overwhelming," an official with Fanatics said.
New Lakers coach Luke Walton explains the influence Warriors coach Steve Kerr has had on him and says he would have paid money for the opportunity to coach under him.