Jan 5, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Dion Waiters (3) celebrates a three-point basket in the fourth quarter against the Indiana Pacers at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

VIDEO: Cavaliers vs. Pacers Highlights

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Last night, the Cleveland Cavaliers took on the Indiana Pacers and, despite some hot shooting from Dion Waiters down the stretch, fell late by a score of 82-78. I was on site for Right Down Euclid and wrote the recap for last night’s game:

For three and a half quarters of basketball, it looked as if the Cleveland Cavaliers were on their way to repeat performance of Tuesday’s loss against the Indiana Pacers. In those three and a half quarters, the game played out largely the same: the Indiana Pacers struggled from the field, the Cavaliers kept it close and, at the start of the fourth, the Pacers started to pull away, looking to blow out their division rival for the second time in a week.

But then Dion Waiters, on his bobble head night, woke up and got hot at the right time, pulling the Cavaliers within two with 20.4 seconds on the game clock. At the very least, the Cavaliers would be in a position to tie and play their fourth straight overtime game at Quicken Loans Arena.

But after Waiters missed, the Cavaliers were gifted one last chance, as David West missed one of two free throws. However, in those final moments, Cavaliers forward Earl Clark stepped out of bounds, ending any comeback hopes for the Wine & Gold. With the fans filing out into the cold, the final buzzer sounded and the Cavaliers fell by a final score of 82-78.

C.J. Miles lead the Cavaliers with 21 points in possibly his best game of the season, while Waiters added 14 off the bench. Paul George lead the Pacers with 16 points.

“We did a great job of covering for one another,” coach Mike Brown said post game. “We showed grittiness and toughness and that’s a pretty good team in the other locker room, so you give them credit for getting the win, but I definitely liked the fight our guys showed tonight.”

All in all though, the Cavaliers fought valiantly. View the highlights below.

Also, Matthew Dellavedova did this.

And Anthony Bennett did this.

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