Bogdanovic, Oladipo lead Pacers past winless Cavs

first_imgCleveland Cavaliers’ George Hill (3) and Indiana Pacers’ Victor Oladipo (4) battle for the ball in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — Bojan Bogdanovic scored 25 points, Victor Oladipo had 24 and the Indiana Pacers defeated Cleveland 119-107 on Saturday night, keeping the Cavaliers winless this season.Cleveland (0-6) is off to its worst start since losing its first seven games in the 1995-96 season. The Cavaliers are struggling to adjust without LeBron James and also missed forward Kevin Love, who was out for the second straight game because of a sore left foot.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LOVE UPDATEThe five-time All-Star also missed Thursday’s game against Detroit. Love missed three of the Cavaliers’ four exhibition games because of the injury, and it’s uncertain when he’ll return.“He tried to play through it understanding we hadn’t won a game and we were struggling a little bit,” coach Tyronn Lue said. “He wanted to be on the floor and try to make a difference. We applaud him for that. We just hope he can get healthy soon.”TIP-INSPacers: Indiana’s depth has been a major factor in the early going. Six players average in double figures and two others scored nine points a game. … Evans is averaging 12 points in five games in his first season with the team.Cavaliers: Rookie Collin Sexton was assessed a technical foul after swatting away Cory Joseph’s hand as the Pacers guard was battling for position on an inbounds play. … F Sam Dekker started in place of Love.UP NEXTPacers: Host Portland on Monday. Indiana is 2-0 at home with an average margin of 20 points.Cavaliers: Host Atlanta on Tuesday. The Hawks were a 133-111 winner in Cleveland on Oct. 21. Injured Montalbo shows leadership in La Salle win over FEU Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlecenter_img View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Cleveland cut a 15-point lead to 97-91 early in the fourth quarter before Indiana regained control with four straight baskets. Darren Collison scored on a layup and a jumper, Oladipo hit a 12-footer and Domanta Sabonis scored in the lane.Sabonis made another layup and Oladipo’s 3-pointer with 3:58 left pushed the lead to 113-98.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissIndiana (4-2) placed six players in double figures. Collison, Myles Turner and Sabonis each scored 15 points while Thaddeus Young added 10.Rodney Hood led Cleveland with 17 points while Larry Nance Jr. came off the bench to score 15. The teams met for the first time since Cleveland defeated Indiana in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs last season. James scored 45 points in Game 7 and the Cavaliers survived their toughest test in reaching the NBA Finals for the fourth straight season.Cleveland has struggled without James, who signed with the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency, and also is missing Love and his team-leading 19 points a game.Indiana, coming off a 20-point victory in San Antonio on Wednesday, went ahead for good midway through the second quarter. Oladipo scored on a layup, a dunk and a jumper as Indiana turned a four-point deficit into a 60-55 halftime lead.The Pacers’ run continued in the third quarter. Oladipo and Bogdanovic hit 3-pointers, and Collison knocked down a jumper from the corner and scored in the lane, to lead 81-66.Indiana guard Tyreke Evans sat out the game because of a violation of team rules. In a tweetposted by the team Friday, Evans said he was late for practice. He’s expected to play Monday against Portland.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumlast_img read more

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