CLEVELAND -- When the Indiana Pacers play like this, they prove a lot of things that so-called basketball experts dont want to hear.
They prove that just making the playoffs can be enough and that finishing with the eighth seed when youre young actually counts for a lot.
They prove you dont need a bunch of lottery picks to build a team through the draft.
And they prove in an Eastern Conference dominated by the superstar-studded Miami Heat, theyre a legitimate No. 2.
The Pacers (41-26) turned Quicken Loans Arena into their own House of Horrors on Monday, walloping the Cavaliers to the tune of 111-90.
It was pretty much only that close because the NBA has yet to introduce a mercy rule.
The Pacers once led by 28. They rattled off an 11-0 run in a measly one minute, 43 seconds. They basically did whatever they wanted via brute force on defense and precision on offense.
Oh, did we mention the Pacers were without starting power forward David West (sprained back)? And theyve barely...