Love, Thompson lead Cavaliers past Pacers 110-99

CLEVELAND, OH – The dynamic duo of Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson led the Cavaliers to victory on Opening Night at the newly renovated Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse. The Cavs beat the Pacers 110-99 to improve to 1-1 on the season.

Love and Thompson did a little bit of everything for Cleveland and it was enough to get past Indiana. Love finished with 21 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists. He started off hot, making his first four attempts from the field, including three 3-pointers.

“Kevin and Tristan in particular were outstanding in how they took on the good lead and then hanging on to it and making big plays,” head coach John Beilein said.

Thompson had 25 points and 13 rebounds.

The Cavaliers went on a 26-4 run in the second quarter to break the game wide open. They scored 39 points in the second frame and made nine first half 3-pointers.

Rookie point guard Darius Garland gave fans a glimpse of the future. He found Thompson for an alley-oop in the first quarter and followed that up with another gorgeous pass to fell rookie Kevin Porter Jr. for another dunk. Garland finished with 12 points and four assists.

Darius Garland gets praised for his “instincts and feel” for the game... and plays like this are exactly why

— James Rapien (@JamesRapien) October 27, 2019

“He has a very high IQ for the game, that’s the No. 1 thing that sticks out to me,” Beilein said of Garland. “He has a passion for the game as well. He has natural gifts.”

The Cavaliers led by as many as 24 points. The Pacers' defense buckled down in the fourth quarter to get within 10, but Cleveland held off a final run to pick up their first win of the season.

Cleveland shot 50 percent from the field (40-80) and made 19-of-29 free throws (65 percent).

A Tribute to Fred

The Cavaliers honored the great Fred McLeod during a timeout in the first quarter. This video aired for every fan to see. Watch it below:

Tonight the @cavs celebrate and honor the memory of our friend Fred McLeod.

— FOX Sports Cleveland (@FOXSportsCLE) October 27, 2019

Other Notes

Thompson was 0-for-9 from 3-point range in 563 career games entering Saturday night. The nine-year veteran changed that with a deep 3-pointer in the first quarter. Thompson hadn’t attempted a three since Jan. 13, 2017 against Sacramento.

.@RealTristan13 did that. --

— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) October 27, 2019

Thompson also recorded block number 400 on Saturday. He joins LeBron James, John 'Hot Rod' Williams and Zydrunas Ilgauskas as the only players in Cavs' history to have 4,000 rebounds and 400 blocks. 

John Henson made his Cavaliers’ debut. It was his first action since Nov. 14 last season when he was still on the Milwaukee Bucks. He finished with three points, three rebounds and one block. 

50 Years of Cavaliers Basketball

The Cavaliers are celebrating their 50th season. Multiple legends were in attendance for Saturday night’s game. They were honored at midcourt before tip-off.  

To help us tipoff #Cavs50, tonight we welcomed back home our retired jersey Legends!• Joe Tait• Marcy Thurmond (representing husband Nate Thurmond)• Bobby “Bingo” Smith• @MrCavalier34• Larry Nance• Brad Daugherty• @Mark25PriceWelcome to the 50th season of Cavs --

— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) October 27, 2019

Up Next

The Cavs hit the road to play the Bucks on Monday night. Milwaukee is projected to be one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference. They’re led by reigning-MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo.