Cavaliers Beat The Pacers 108-103: Game Recap 3/18/24

March 18, 2024

Andy Billman

Post-Game Recap

3 Key Factors Around the Victory

1 – Welcome Morris!

In his first game for the Cavs, Marcus Morris Sr., the new addition, shot 80% from three, scored 14 points, and added four rebounds.

2 – LeVert

Caris LeVert also had a big night, almost achieving a triple-double with a team-high 23 points, 11 assists, and 8 rebounds.

3 – Mitchell Out

Donovan Mitchell missed Monday’s game against the Pacers and it will be extended for an indefinite period of time.

Game Summary

On Monday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers overcame a depleted lineup to secure a 108-103 victory against the Indiana Pacers. Caris LeVert and Jarrett Allen both contributed 23 points each to lead the Cavaliers to victory.

Cleveland held a comfortable lead of up to nine points in the final quarter, but Indiana managed to level the score with just over two minutes remaining. However, LeVert’s decisive 9-foot fadeaway jumper, after driving baseline, put Cleveland back in the lead, and the Pacers failed to score again.

LeVert showcased his versatility with 11 assists and eight rebounds, while Allen dominated the boards with nine rebounds. The Cavaliers were missing three starters, including their top scorer Donovan Mitchell, who was sidelined with a nose injury. To fill the gaps, veteran forward Marcus Morris Sr. was signed to a 10-day contract, contributing 14 points off the bench.

For the Pacers, Pascal Siakam led with 19 points and 12 rebounds, while All-Star Tyrese Haliburton added 14 points and 12 assists. T.J. McConnell made an impact off the bench with 14 points.

Despite their victory, the Cavaliers, holding the Eastern Conference’s No. 3 seed, were still in contention for a first-round playoff series against the Pacers, who are only one win ahead of Miami and Philadelphia and about to embark on a challenging five-game road trip. Indiana had built a lead of up to 15 points in the second quarter before Cleveland fought back to tie the game just before halftime. The Cavaliers maintained control in the third quarter, leading by as much as 10 points.

Up Next

Host Miami Heat on Wednesday.

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