Pacers Choke Late, Lose To Raptors 99-96

Pacers guard Victor Oladipo tries to drive in a December loss to the Raptors during the 2018-19 season

Cavs snatch victory over Pacers at the buzzer - Delly continues strong play off the bench

It was the first loss for the Pacers in the 11 times they have held their opponents to 97 or fewer points this season.

The Pacers (20-11) were led by 17 points from Domantas Sabonis.

The Pacers had their season-best, seven-game winning streak stopped in dramatic fashion Tuesday night when the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers earned a 92-91 victory on a tip-in at the final buzzer.

IN certainly had its chances.

The lack of execution on offense was particularly painful for the Pacers when Victor Oladipo missed two free throws with 9.5 seconds remaining that would have given them a three-point lead.


The shot set off a wild scene in which Cavs players began mobbing Nance before the replay review confirmed the call.

Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) and Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet (23) celebrate defeating the Indiana Pacers in an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, in Toronto.

Now, as part of the Toronto Raptors, Leonard has even added rebounding to his résumé, averaging a career-high 8.4 rebounds per game prior to the contest.

And Cleveland finally took advantage of its opportunity in the waning seconds. Expect him to continue racking up counting stats in the short-term while frontcourt mates Tristan Thompson (foot), Kevin Love (toe), and John Henson (wrist) are all sidelined. The Cavaliers' streak of consecutive games with 10 or more 3s ended at seven.

After a slow start to the season, Nance has now scored in the double-digits in six games this month after posting only four such efforts in October and November. Matthew Dellavedova scored 10 points and has been in double figures in all games since being acquired in a trade with Milwaukee.


On Sunday afternoon, Collin Sexton, got back into double-digit scoring, finishing with 12 points on 6-for-13 shooting.

Nikola Jokic had 32 points and 16 rebounds, Jamal Murray dished out a career-high 15 assists and contributed 22 points, as the Denver Nuggets extended their home winning streak to seven games by beating the Dallas Mavericks 126-118. IN is now 14-4 against Eastern Conference teams this season.

Victor Oladipo led IN (20-12) with 20 points and Myles Turner had a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds and Bojan Bogdanovic added 18 points.

The Pacers dropped the Cavs by a dozen earlier this season at The Q despite Cleveland's bench combining for 54 points.

Cavaliers: Will make the second stop of their three-game road trip Wednesday at Charlotte.


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