Mar 30, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland (22) loses control of the ball against Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao (17) and guard Dion Waiters (3) in the second quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Instant Reaction: Cleveland Cavaliers 90, Indiana Pacers 76

Final Outcome

The Cleveland Cavaliers came into today’s game against the Indiana Pacers (the Eastern Conference’s best team) three games back of the Atlanta Hawks and the Eastern Conference’s eighth seed. They came out a half game closer to that playoff spot and did so by convincingly taking down the Pacers by 14 points. The Cavaliers led wire to wire in this game and played perhaps one of their best overall games of the season.

Key Play to the Game

With 1:40 left in the game, Pacers coach Frank Vogel took out his starters left on the floor and put in several members of his bench that normally don’t see playoff time. The Pacers had been down by double-digits for several minutes at this point, but Vogel had still left Paul George and company in the game. This was the moment that Vogel threw up the proverbial white flag and ceded victory to the Cavalier.

Wine & Gold MVP

Dion Waiters was again excellent. He came out hot, went cold for a short stretch, but ultimately carried the Cavaliers’ offense down the stretch. He hit several key shots and continues to looked locked in on both ends.

Some other players also deserving of praise: Matthew Dellavedova (Who took a huge elbow from David West and hit some key shots), Tristan Thompson (Who had six second-half offense rebounds) and Spencer Hawes (Waiters’ partner in crime down the stretch).  

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Up Next

The Cavaliers will have two days off before taking on the lowly Orlando Magic on Wednesday. The Cavaliers are 3-0 versus the Magic this season and this is a game that could be essential to a potential playoff birth. A win against the Magic could give the Cavaliers momentum for the rest of the season and into Cleveland’s first playoff birth since 2010.

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