Paul George outscored LeBron James but the Cleveland Cavaliers netted the victory Sunday night against the Indiana Pacers, 101-97.
James, who suffered a sore leg for most of the game, hit crucial free throws in the end game and finished with 29 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists.
The Cavaliers also got a huge double-double from Kevin Love, who had 22 points and 19 rebounds and good lift off the bench from Tristan Thompson, who had 16 points, 8 rebounds and 2 steals. Back-up point guard Matthew Dellavedova added 9 assists in 33 minutes.
George finished with 32 points outdoing James’ scoring production but the Pacers couldn’t get the stops or crucial baskets in the end game. George, who added 11 rebounds and 6 assists, had his fourth double-double of the year.
Monta Ellis added 25 points for Indiana and even gave the Pacers the 90-88 lead with a corner three-pointer. However, the Cavaliers went on a 7-0 run late and held on to the lead and victory, their sixth in seven games this season. Cleveland is also a perfect 4-0 at home so far this year.
The Cavaliers lost their season opener to the Chicago Bulls but has since racked up six straight wins. They will face the Utah Jazz on Tuesday before a three-game road trip against the New York Knicks, Milwaukee Bucks and Detroit Pistons.
The Pacers, which had their three-game winning streak snapped, will face the Orlando Magic Monday.