Something had to give-and it did.
The Indianapolis Pacers came in having won seven-straight, while the Cavs had won three in a row. After starting slowly, the Cavs turned it on in the third quarter turning a six-point halftime deficit into a 16-point, 97-81 lead after three quarters by out scoring the Pacers by 22 points. The Cavaliers went on to win, 132-117 to improve to 36-15, while the Pacers fall to 29-23.
"That's what champions do, they bounce back," Tyronn Lue said referring to the Cavs recent good play.
The Cavaliers trailed by 15 points in the first quarter and out scored the Pacers by 33 points from that point on the rest of the game.
The Cavs have now won four in a row and are 3-0 on the current road trip and finish it on Thursday night in Oklahoma City against the Thunder. The Cavs snapped a seven game winning streak for the Wizards on Monday night and then did the same thing to the Pacers on Wednesday.
Playing without Iman Shumpert (ankle), the 'Big 3' combined for 68 points, but it was Kyle Korver who came off the bench and scored 29 points, hitting eight-of-nine from behind the three-point line. Korver hit his first six three-point attempts and had his best game as a Cavalier and tied his career-best of eight trey's in a game.
"I got a bunch of great looks tonight," Korver said. "LeBron (James) and Kyrie (Irving) help a lot and (they have) to pick their poison.
"We have a lot of weapons on this team."
Lue was glad to see Korver light it up.
"We got him some good looks and he got it going," Lue said. "He is dangerous and he draws a lot of attention."
Irving tied Korver for team high with 29 points, while James added 25 points. Kevin Love had 14 points and added 10 rebounds.
Former Cavalier, C. J. Miles led the Pacers with 23 points.
Putting Up Points: The Cavs have scored 140 and 132 points in their last two games.
Shoot it Kyrie: Kyrie Irving hit 20 points in the first half and finished with 29 points, but was 0-of-5 from three-point range. Irving had seven assists.
K-Squared: Kyle Korver scored nine points in the second quarter and eight in the third quarter off the bench. Korver finished with 29 points hitting eight, three-point shots, 8-9 from behind the arc and was 10-of-12 overall. Korver tied his career high of eight treys.
Double-Double: Kevin Love had the only double-double for the Cavs with 14 points and 10 rebounds. It was Love's 31st double-double of the season. Love tied Tristan Thompson for the team lead with 10 rebounds.
Hit the 3's: The Cavs hit 16-of-36 three-point attempts for 44.4 percent. Kyle Korver hit eight of them.
Dishing it Out: The Cavaliers had 24 assists, while turning it over just nine times. LeBron James had nine assists, while Kyrie Irving added seven.
DeAndre In: DeAndre Liggins started in place of Iman Shumpert, who sat out with a sprained ankle. Lignin scored eight points.
Day of Rest: Tyronn Lue sounded as though LeBron James would sit out Thursday night's game with the Thunder and he might also rest Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love.
"We'll see. I'm not sure."
Next Up: The Cavs will conclude their four-game road trip on Thursday night against Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder at 8 pm.