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Cleveland fell to Indiana 103-99 Friday night for their first loss since Jan. 13 in Phoenix.

By Rohan Nadkarni
February 06, 2015

The Cavaliers' 12-game winning streak is over. 

Cleveland fell to Indiana 103-99 Friday night for their first loss since Jan. 13 in Phoenix. LeBron James scored 25 points in the loss, while Kyrie Irving added 29. 

The Cavaliers have largely looked like a different team since James took a two-week sabbatical in early January. The additions of J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert and Timofey Mozgov have also helped stabilize the rotation. 

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One recurring problem has been the play of Kevin Love, and it surfaced again against Indiana. Love scored only five points in 34 minutes on the court, making only two of his eight field goal attempts. 

The Pacers were led by C.J. Miles, who connected on four of his 10 threes en route to 26 points. David West and George Hill added 20 each. 

Indiana has remained somewhat frisky, even with constant injuries in addition to Paul George's absence robbing them of any kind of consistent offense. Hill's return has especially helped to stabilize the team, although they remain a far cry from the Eastern Conference contender of the past three years. 

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Cleveland's next game is against another sub-.500 opponent, as they take on the Lakers on Sunday, and will face Miami and Chicago before heading into the All-Star break

Though the win streak is over, the Cavaliers made up significant ground in the East. They are percentage points behind the Bulls for fourth, and are within four games of second-place Toronto. 

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