Cavs star Donovan Mitchell takes over fourth quarter win over Pacers

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Donovan Mitchell celebrates after making a 3-point basket against the Indiana Pacers during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Dec. 16, 2022, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

CLEVELAND — The Pacers learned the hard way that they shouldn’t poke the bear. And the Cavs are getting used to seeing what the bear can do.

Trailing by double-digits to Indiana entering the fourth quarter Friday night, Donovan Mitchell took over, hitting a flurry of 3s and a few layups to lift the Cavs to a 118-112 come-from-behind win. He equaled the Pacers’ fourth-quarter point total (18) by himself and just about single-handedly led the charge, which included a face-to-face held ball tie-up with Pacers guard Bennedict Mathurin that sparked the comeback.

“You don’t poke the bear, and they poked him and he went on and did what he did,” said Cavs coach J.B. Bickerstaff. “But it got everybody going, that’s the thing. That’s what leadership is. the ability to impact others as well.”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *