The Pacers leave Saturday for a season-long, five-game road trip, but before they left, they treated their fans to one of the most memorable games of the season on Friday night.
After falling into a 22-point deficit after a dismal first quarter, Indiana mounted a magical rally against their long-time nemesis LeBron James and the Cavaliers, holding on for a dramatic 97-95 win.
Indiana initially took the lead in the closing seconds of the third quarter and moved in front for good on Victor Oladipo’s 3-pointer with 2:10 remaining in the fourth quarter.
After a scoreless two minutes of game time, the Cavaliers had the ball in James’ hands with a chance to win in the closing seconds. After catching the ball in the right corner, the 6-foot-9 four-time MVP tried to drive by the 6-foot Darren Collison, but stepped out of bounds on the baseline.
“Praying,” Collison recalled with a laugh when asked what was going through his head when he switched onto James. “Just trying to guard him the best way I can and hopefully something happens.”
Collison made one of two foul shots with 1.4 seconds to play, missing the first but making the second. The Cavaliers — out of timeouts — were forced to inbound from under their own