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.
Marc Stein says being offered the Lakers' head coaching job was too good of an opportunity to pass up for Luke Walton.
Steph Curry tells reporters he's optimistic he will be able to return to the Warriors before the initial two-week timetable he was given after spraining his MCL.
Why did Luke Walton take a leap of faith and leave the best team in basketball to take over one of its worst? The new 36-year-old coach of the Lakers knows how to make things work.