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Cavs turn it on in win over Pacers

The Cavs started slowly from behind the three-point line before picking it up and hitting 18 three's in a 113-104 win before the All-Star break

CLEVELAND--It took them a while to get going, but when they did, there was no stopping them.

The Cavaliers hit 18 three-point shots on their way to a 113-104 win over the Indiana Pacers in front of a sell out crowd at Quicken Loans Arena. With the win, the Cavs improved to 39-16, while the Pacers drop to 29-27. Indiana has lost five in a row, while the Cavs have won three in a row and are 7-1 in the month of February heading to the All-Star break. 

The 'Big 2' combined for 57 points, but received a big help from Kyle Korver, who came off the bench to add 22 points on six treys. LeBron James had 31 points to lead the way, while Kyrie Irving had 26 points. 

Glenn Robinson led the Pacers with 19 points. 

Tip Ins

Beasts of the East: The Cavs head into the All-Star with the best record in the Eastern Conference at 39-16.

Home Cooking: Cavs came in with the best home record in the Eastern Conference and second  best home record in the NBA at 23-5 and improve to 24-5 with their fifth-straight win at home.

Elite Company: Kyle Korver hit his second three-point shot of the game with 9:09 to play in the second quarter to become just the seventh player in NBA history hit 2,000 three-point shots. Korver is shooting .495 from behind the three-point line since joining the Cavs. Korver made his first three treys and hit 6-of-8 in the game for 22 points. 

Scary Moment: LeBron James went down after apparently twisting his ankle near midcourt with 6:44 to play in the second quarter. He left the game, but stayed on the bench. James returned with 2:08 left in the first half. James hit 6 of his next 7 shots after returning. James finished with 31 points, five rebounds and four assists. 

Double-Doouble: Tristan Thompson had 12 rebounds and 12 points. 

Three Ball: The Cavs hit 18-of-39 (46.2 percent) from behind the three-point arc. In the first half, they were 9-of-20 three-point attempts in the first half with LeBron James and Kyle Korver both going 3-of-3. Channing Frye was 0-of-6 in the first half. Korver finished with 6-of-8, James 4-of-5 and Irving 3-of-7.

Low TO's: The Cavs had just three turnovers in the first half and finished with eight. They also had 23 assists with Kyrie Irving leading with seven.  

For Starters: Channing Frye started for the second-straight game in place of the injured Kevin Love. Iman Shumpert continues to start in place of J.R. Smith.

D Williams: Derrick Williams continues to impress since going the Cavs on a 10-day contract. He and Kyle Korver were the first two players off the bench. Williams scored points. Williams scored four points in the first half and finished with 7 points.

The Deadline: Feb. 23 is the NBA trade deadline, the day the Cavs return to action. 

Next Up: LeBron James and Kyrie Irving head to the All-Star game, while the rest of the team is off until Feb. 23 when the Cavs host the New York Knicks at 8 pm. 


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