Adding to the urgency of the situation is a Martin Luther King Day game against the defending champion Golden State Warriors on Monday at Quicken Loans Arena.
The Cavaliers (26-15) will play the second of back-to-back games Friday night at IN (21-20).
The Pacers took a one-point lead off a Lance Stephenson 3-pointer, but Stephenson wasn't done with his work.
The Warriors have already lost more regular-season games at home (six) than they did in all of last season (five), but also are the only team that hasn't so much as lost two in a row this season. Toronto forward Serge Ibaka will return from a one-game suspension, the result of an altercation against the Heat.
Canadian Kelly Olynyk had 25 points and 13 rebounds while Slovenian Goran Dragic added 24 points and 13 assists to lead Miami over visiting Detroit 111-104. It was the fourth game this season where Davis scored more than 35 while also shooting better than 65 percent from the field - that's two more than the next closest guy.
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Cleveland, which lost its previous two games by a combined 62 points, was outscored 84-61 over the final three quarters and wound up blowing the lead nearly exactly nine months after the Cavs rallied from a 26-point deficit to beat IN in the playoffs.
He collected another double-double, with 15 rebounds and 12 points.
Over the last few weeks we've heard whispers that the Cavs were interested in DeAndre Jordan and could dangle Tristan Thompson in the right deal. As a result, IN faced a 24-6 deficit with 4:48 remaining IN the first quarter.
Isaiah Thomas and Dwyane Wade did not play for Cleveland, each getting a rest. In the first quarter he was 0-for-6, making him 2-for-18 in that period in his four games, including 0-for-8 on 3-pointers.
The absence of the injured Stephen Curry didn't affect the Golden State Warriors, as they produced a powerful fourth quarter to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 108-94. The Cavs appeared to weather the storm by going on a 14-5 run of their own, but then watched the Pacers again run off 11 straight points as part of a 16-2 run to close out the quarter.
Cavs coach Tyronn Lue knew his team had slacked off before when opponents were missing key players. "We took our time and made the right plays and got the W". "They've still got DeRozan, who's averaging (32) points a game over his last (six)".
"We just haven't been doing that as of late".