Cavs vs. Pacers, Game 48
at Conseco Fieldhouse
TV: Fox Sports Ohio
WHAT HAPPENED: Forward LeBron James was too much for the Pacers to handle. He flirted with his third triple-double of the season, but fell one rebound short. He ended with 22 points, nine rebounds, 13 assists, four blocks and two steals. He also had five turnovers.
He completely set the tempo of the game.
The last Cavs player with nine or more assists in the first quarter was Andre Miller with nine on Dec. 18, 2001, vs. Chicago.
The last NBA player to do it was New Orleans' Chris Paul on Feb. 27, 2009, vs. Milwaukee.
The last Cavs player with 10 or more assists in the first half was James vs. Dallas on Nov. 11, 2009. He had 11.
NOTES: The Pacers' 73 points was a season low points for a Cavs' opponent.
-- Their nine points in the fourth quarter was also a season low for an opponent.
-- The Cavs' 11 blocks was a season high. James had four blocks, center Zydrunas Ilgauskas three and center Shaquille O'Neal three.
-- Cavs guard Anthony Parker had a season-high eight rebounds.
-- Their 61 total rebounds were a season high. They outrebounded the Pacers, 61-38.
-- Guard Cedric "The Entertainer" Jackson scored his first NBA point in the fourth quarter. He's in the NBA Encyclopedia.
-- Guard Delonte West was listed as out and he doesn't appear to be anywhere near being close to playing.
-- The Cavs have won their last three against the Pacers, including a 105-95 decision on Nov. 19 at Conseco Fieldhouse.
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS
SF LeBron James vs. Dahntay Jones
PF J.J. Hickson vs. Danny Granger
C Shaquille O'Neal vs. Roy Hibbert
SG Anthony Parker vs. Brandon Rush
PG Daniel Gibson vs. Earl Watson
Cavs - G Mo Williams (sprained left shoulder), F Leon Powe (left knee surgery), G Delonte West (broken left ring finger) are out.
Pacers - F/C Jeff Foster (sore lower back) is out; F/C Tyler Hansbrough (inner ear infection) is day-to-day.
Bennett Salvatore, Marc Davis, Haywoode Workman (Workman has worked both Cavs-Pacers games this year in Indiana; he's a former Pacers guard)