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.
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.
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.