Post-Game Grades: Oladipo leads the way as the Pacers end the Cavaliers Streak

Indiana Pacers end the Cleveland Cavaliers 13-game winning streak.

LeBron and the streaking Cavaliers brought their 13-game winning to the Bankers Fieldhouse last night but left with an L. In front of their first sellout game this season; the Pacers continue their excellent start to their six-game homestand with a 106-102 victory over the hottest team in the NBA.

The Pacers started off hot as they jumped out to an early 11-point lead in the first quarter only to lose their lead and be down by six at the half. Once the second half rolled around, it became the Victor Oladipo show. Scoring 25 of his 33 points in the second half, including 20 in the third quarter alone. The Pacers used an 11-2 run late in the third quarter to retake the lead from the Cavs, and they never looked back. LeBron had his typical LeBron game, finishing with 29/10/8 and shot 55 percent from the field but it wasn’t enough to help the Cavs extend their streak.

The Good: Their defensive effort in the second half. After giving up 63 points in the first half, they held the Cavs to only 39 points in the second half.  

The Bad: Free-throw shooting. As a team, the Pacers shoot 76 percent from the stripe for the season, but they struggled tonight. Going 15-for-24 from the charity stripe. Luckily for the Pacers, this didn't come back to haunt them. 

Darren Collison: C-

Collison had a solid first half, but it went downhill in the second half. He picked up two silly fouls in the third period forcing him to sit early in the half. With the play of the bench, coach McMillan opted not to put him back on the court for the rest of the game.

Victor Oladipo: A

This makes is back-to-back games where Oladipo comes up clutch for the Pacers. After a slow start in the first half, Oladipo exploded in the third quarter with 20 points. He finished the night with 33 points, 8 boards, 5 assists and made numerous clutch plays for the Pacers in the fourth quarter.

Bojan Bogdanovic: D+

This was a game to forget for Bojan. Not only did he struggle from the field (3-for-11) but he was worse than usual on defense.

Thaddeus Young: B-

Mr. Consistent was consistent once again. He put up his usual stat line and made smart basketball decisions. He did struggle at times on defense last night but who doesn’t against LeBron.  

Myles Turner: B

Myles Turner was aggressive early on in the game, scoring 10 of his 15 points the first half. The most impressive thing about his performance was some of the passes he was making. He was routinely making the right pass and wasn’t forcing anything. If Turner can do this on a nightly basis, it could expand his offensive role and make the Pacers that much harder to guard.

Bench: A

The bench was great last night. Stephenson was picking apart the Cavs defense in the pick n roll. Sabonis had a near double-double and bounced back defensively after a poor showing against the Bulls. Cojo made timely plays throughout the game, whether it was making a needed shot or making a great hustle play. Overall great play and production from the bench players. 

Highlight of the night

This clutch three by Oladipo is the highlight of the game. Oladipo hits Kevin Love with a nasty between the legs step back from deep.

Overall this was a great game by the Pacers and hopefully, make people in Indianapolis believe in this team. Up next, the Pacers continue their homestand against the Denver Nuggets this Sunday, December 10 at 5 PM ET.

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