Cavs see 22-point lead vanish

In their last five games, Cleveland is 1-4 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders.

Then again, most teams in that position don't have three straight finals trips on their resumé, nor do they have the best player in the world on their roster.

Stephenson had 16 points and 11 rebounds to help host IN erase a 22-point, first-half deficit and beat Cleveland 97-95.

Cleveland's Isaiah Thomas sat out a night after making his season debut for the Cavs, missing more than two months with a hip injury after being traded from the Celtics in a deal that sent Irving to Boston. "We know that. But, until we play better defensively, I think offensively sharing the basketball, everyone on the same page and, if guys have agendas, we've got to get rid of our agendas and play the right way", he said.

Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson each added 25 points for the Warriors.

This time, the Pacers handed Cleveland a third straight confounding loss. The Cavs were 7 of 34 from 3-point range and wound up shooting 43 percent overall after shooting 59.1 percent in the first quarter.

James finished with 26 points for Cleveland, who have lost six of eight games going back to a defeat by defending champions the Golden State Warriors on Christmas Day. Oladipo sank a 3-pointer to give the Pacers a 96-95 lead with 2:10 to go. "He's a little dirty".

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"The only thing is with my kids getting older, that's the only thing that kind of stops me from going as long as I'd like to", James said. "I'm just playing hard, playing defense, trying to get my teammates involved, trying to get rebounds, and also trying to get the fans involved". They caught me on the retaliation.

Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie came up one rebound short of a triple-double with 20 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds in Brooklyn's 110-105 win over the Hawks.

Cavaliers: Jeff Green scored 13 points, all in the first half, and was the only other player in double figures.

It was a stunning twist, coming nearly exactly nine months after the Cavs rallied from a 26-point deficit on the same court to beat IN in the playoffs.

John Wall and Bradley Beal both scored 30 points in the Wizards' 125-119 win over the Magic. IN covered as a 3-point underdog and the game finished with a total of 208 points, which was 13 points below the projected point total of 221 points. Somehow you can lead the team in points and have a quiet night of sorts, but that's how Collison's season has been. All the guy is doing is averaging 27.1 points, 8.0 rebounds and 8.8 assists while shooting.558 from the field, .387 on 3-pointers and.778 at the line. The Cavaliers are now losers of seven of their last nine games.

The Denver Nuggets recovered from a slow start to end their three-game losing streak with a 87-78 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.

Nikola Jokic added 14 points and nine rebounds for Denver, which played without guard Gary Harris, who was excused for personal reasons.

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