George scores 17 as Pacers top LeBron-less Cavaliers 107-85

Paul George connected on five of his 16 shots in the Pacers' preseason win over Cleveland. 

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CLEVELAND — Paul George scored 17 points and the Indiana Pacers kept the Cleveland Cavaliers winless in the preseason with a 107-85 victory on Thursday night.

Cleveland (0-5) played without LeBron James, who sat out for the second straight game. Coach David Blatt said James might not play for the remainder of the preseason as the team tries to limit the four-time MVP’s minutes going into the Oct. 27 opener at Chicago.

PACERS: Ian Mahinmi had 16 points and seven rebounds. … Monta Ellis, a key offseason pickup, added 14 points. … Rookie Myles Turner scored 11 points off the bench.

CAVALIERS: Timofey Mozgov led Cleveland with 16 points. … J.R. Smith scored 10 points after missing three games with a strained hamstring. … Matthew Dellavedova didn’t play because of a sore ankle.

UP NEXT: Indiana visits Chicago on Tuesday. Cleveland plays at Toronto on Sunday.