Luke Walton #4 of the Cleveland Cavaliers grabs a rebound during the game between the Indiana Pacers and the Cleveland Cavaliers on December 12, 2012 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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INDIANAPOLIS - Paul George scored 27 points, and the Indiana Pacers overcame a 16-point deficit to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 96-81 on Wednesday night.
David West had 18 points and nine rebounds and George Hill added 17 points for the Pacers, who snapped a two-game skid.
Indiana, third in the NBA in scoring defense and No. 1 in opponent field-goal percentage coming in, held the Cavaliers to 23 points on 8-for-41 shooting in the second half. It was Cleveland's lowest-scoring half of the season.
The Cavaliers couldn't build on Tuesday's win over the Los Angeles Lakers. C.J. Miles scored 28 points for the second straight game, but Kyrie Irving was held to nine points on 4-for-12 shooting in his second game back after missing 11 straight with a broken finger.
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