Quick Recap: Pacers 104, Cavs 98 (Or, of dashed hopes and Lester Hudson)

April 11th, 2012 by John Krolik

MVP: Danny Granger. Granger did his thing from all over the court on Wednesday night, taking the ball to the post for some easy baskets while hitting his jumpers whenever he got a look at them. He finished with a game-high 23 points, and his contributions in overtime sealed the game for the Pacers.

LVP: Anthony Parker is just returning from an injury, and playing 37 minutes on the latter half of a back-to-back clearly didn’t agree with him — after a great game on Tuesday, Parker managed just 7 points on 2-8 shooting from the field.

X Factor: The Cavaliers had absolutely zero success keeping the Pacers off the free throw line. David West, Tyler Hansborough, and Danny Granger are all great foul-drawers, and they got the Cavs to fall for their tricks time and time again, leading to the Pacers getting 9 more points from the free throw line than the Cavs did.

Turning point: With the Pacers up two and just over two minutes remaining in overtime, Danny Granger nailed a 3-pointer to put Indiana up by 5, then hit an 18-footer less than a minute later to seal the game for Indiana. The Cavaliers gave the Pacers much more of a fight than they must have been expecting, but the Pacers’¬†execution¬†on both ends of the floor was simply too much for the Cavs in overtime.

That was…sad: Lester Hudson made a game-tying 3 at the end of regulation against the Nets on Sunday. only to watch his team lose in overtime. On Wednesday, Hudson hit a game-tying floater at the end of regulation, only to watch the Cavs lose in overtime yet again. Hopefully Hudson’s next clutch shot will actually lead to a Cavalier victory.