Pacers come from behind, defeat Cavaliers 97-95

Durant had 17 first-half points to help Golden State build its 63-49 halftime lead. It's hard to believe a team with a defence ranked 29th in the National Basketball Association remains in a position where it is considered a post-season contender.

The Cavaliers (26-15) will play the second of back-to-back games Friday night at IN (21-20).

When the Warriors head to Toronto to take on the Raptors Saturday, they'll be facing a much different team than the one they faced in October.

It was an unexpected blowout considering the Raptors were missing an injured Kyle Lowry and a suspended Serge Ibaka.

The leading man for the Raptors is shooting guard DeMar DeRozan, who is as underrated and overlooked individually as his team is by mainstream fans and media.

LVP: You can blame Bojan Bogdanovic for a trio of ugly turnovers, but he redeemed himself a bit by knocking down a pair of 3-pointers.

Sitting out the fourth quarter, James led the Cavs with 26 points, going 9-of-16 from the field, with three rebounds and an assist.

Lance Stephenson had 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Darren Collison added a team-high 22 points in the Pacers' third win over Cleveland this season. The Cavaliers are struggling at the moment, but giving any team a 22-point lead isn't a great plan.

Valanciunas almost had a double-double in the first quarter, when he totaled nine points and nine rebounds in a little over six minutes because of foul trouble.

After falling behind 6-4, the Cavs went on a 22-0 run in the first quarter.

Rockets 112, Suns 95: Chris Paul had 25 points, eight rebounds and six assists, and six Houston players scored in double figures in an easy victory over host Phoenix.

Sabonis started in place of Myles Turner, who missed his second consecutive game with a sore right elbow. Everyone tends to call what follows the All-Star Game as the second half, but it's more like two-thirds of the season that will be in the books before that showcase in Los Angeles next month.

Thomas, who will sit out at IN because he has not been cleared to play both nights of a back-to-back, finished with four points, two rebounds and three assists, hitting 2-of-15 field goals and 0-for-6 from long range. Cleveland simply can't defend, as Tyronn Lue's team owns the second-worst defensive rating in the league (109.5) ahead of only the lowly Kings (109.9).

Asked what he meant by "agendas", Lue declined to elaborate, saying he meant "just what I said". In the spring. Because for three straight postseasons the answer has been an emphatic no, which probably provides a level of comfort around town.Even the Raptors, feeling confident going into last year's conference semifinals, got steamrolled in four lopsided games. But I would love to join the team back again just to wear the uniform, put the white and blue stripes again on me and be able to say I'm a Magic again and just come back home where I belong.

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