Cleveland (USA), May 10 (EFE) .- Lithuanian power forward Domantas Sabonis flirted with a triple-double by scoring 21 points, 20 rebounds and nine assists that left him at the forefront of the Indiana Pacers attack in the game they won on the road 102-111 against the decimated Cleveland Cavaliers.
Sabonis added four blocks and two steals, remaining one assist from his ninth triple-double of the season.
Backup guard Kelan Martin scored a career-high 25 points, and starter Caris LeVert had a double-double of 20 points and 10 assists that also helped the Pacers win (32-36), who placed in the middle. game ahead of Washington Wizards (32-37) in ninth place in the Eastern Conference.
The Wizards, without star guard Bradley Beal, were defeated 125-124 by the Hawks in Atlanta.
Indiana lowered its magic number to secure a play-in spot to two with four games remaining. The Chicago Bulls are 11th, one place out of the entry tournament, and the Pacers are now one game away from the 8th-ranked Charlotte Hornets.
Guard Justin Holiday scored 11 points and point guard TJ McConnell had another 10 points and seven assists as the Indiana bench edged Cleveland 47-17.
Point guard Collin Sexton scored 25 points for the Cavaliers in his 11th straight loss, tying the eighth longest streak in team history.
Rookie forward Isaac Okoro finished with a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds and power forward Dean Wade also had a double-double of 19 points and captured 12 balls under the hoops in the first double-double of his career. .
Cleveland had nine players and nine others injured, including starters power forward Kevin Love (right calf strain) and guard Darius Garland (sprained left ankle).
Love played 27 minutes Sunday against the Dallas Mavericks and was given the night off to rest his leg.
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