Cavs' big three too much for Pacers

Cleveland's top three scorers combine for 71 points, led by Kevin Love's 28, in 109-97 home triumph over the Pacers.

The Indiana Pacers kept it close for a half, but the balanced scoring of Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving and LeBron James were too much to overcome in a 109-97 Cleveland Cavaliers victory Saturday at Quicken Loans Arena.

Love scored a game-high 28, Irving 24 and James 19 as the Cavaliers pulled away from the visiting Pacers with a 35-22 third quarter.

The Pacers (7-10) had balance, too, but in smaller point totals as five players scored in double digits, led by forward David West with 14. Solomon Hill had 13, Chris Copeland 11 and Luis Scola and Lavoy Allen finished with 10 apiece.

Indiana dropped to 1-4 on the latter half of back-to-back games this season.

Cleveland (8-7) shot 53 percent (41-of-78) while Indiana struggled to hit shots at 39 percent (35-of-89). The Pacers have yet to shoot 50 percent in a game this season.

Love sank 9-of-13 shots from the field and 8-of-9 foul shots and had 10 rebounds for a double-double. Irving shot 9-of-17 with 3-of-4 free throws and five assists. James opted to be more of a distributor as he had seven assists in addition to hitting 9-of-18 shots.

Indiana had a 48-44 rebounding advantage with center Ian Mahinmi grabbing 10 and Allen eight. The Pacers have had that edge in 13 games this season, but it wasn’t enough to atone for so many missed shots.

Pacers point guard Donald Sloan finished with just two points on 1-of-8 shooting. Reserve C.J. Miles has yet to snap out of his shooting slump as he made just 2-of-9 shots for six points.

Pacers center Roy Hibbert missed his fourth consecutive game with a sprained left ankle.

This was the first of four consecutive road games for Indiana, which heads West to Phoenix on Tuesday, Portland on Thursday and Sacramento on Friday. The Pacers’ next home game is Dec. 8 against the Atlanta Hawks at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Phillip B. Wilson can be found on Twitter (@pwilson24), Facebook and Google+.

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