EditorsNote: reworded the first graf; 10th graf, change Nwaba to Clarkson
Victor Oladipo scored six of his 24 points in the final 7:50 Saturday night as the Indiana Pacers handed the host Cleveland Cavaliers their sixth straight loss to open the season, 119-107.
Bojan Bogdanovic had 25 points and combined with Oladipo to hit 20 of their 29 shots, helping Indiana win a second straight game for the first time this season.
The Pacers were making their first visit to Cleveland since a season-ending 105-101 loss in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference first-round playoffs in April.
The Cavaliers lost for a sixth consecutive time by seven points or more in their slowest start since opening 0-7 in 1995.
Cleveland trailed just 97-91 after a Jordan Clarkson 3-pointer with 9:17 remaining before the Pacers countered with an eight-point flurry, with Darren Collison providing two of the four baskets.
Oladipo contributed one hoop to the run, then helped the Pacers pull away with a free throw and a 3-pointer.
Oladipo shot 10-for-15 and Bogdanovic 10-for-14 for Indiana, which completed a three-game trip with consecutive wins at San Antonio and Cleveland.
Collison, Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis added 15 points apiece, and Thaddeus Young had 10 for the Pacers, who were playing without Tyreke Evans. Evans was benched after being late for practice Friday.
Rodney Hood had 17 points, Larry Nance Jr. 15 and George Hill 14 for the Cavaliers, who were without Kevin Love, out with a sore foot.
Collin Sexton (12 points), Clarkson (12) and Cedi Osman (10) also scored in double figures for Cleveland, which opened 6-0 just two seasons ago.
After a tightly contested first half, the Pacers led just 65-61 in the second minute of the third quarter before using a 12-2 burst to open a 14-point lead. Oladipo and Bogdanovic contributed 3-pointers to the run.
Indiana led by as many as 15 in the period.
—Field Level Media