James, Cavaliers top Pacers in preseason

CINCINNATI (Sporting Alert) — LeBron James scored 26 points to guide the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 98-93 win over the Indiana Pacers in preseason on Wednesday.

James, who went 9 of 12 from the fieldd, including 2 of 3 from long range, also pulled down four rebounds and dished out three assists in his 24 minutes of action on the night.

A.J. Price and Matthew Dellavedova each added 14 points for the Cavaliers, who won their fourth successive in preseason.

Point guard Kyrie Irving, who is recovering from a right ankle injury, did not feature on the night for Cleveland, but he participated in pre game drills and shoot around.

Chris Copeland led Indiana with 16 points off the bench, while David West scored 15 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals in his first game at the Cintas Center since leaving Xavier.

George Hill finished with 11 points five rebounds and five assists for the Pacer, which also got 10 points each from Rodney Stuckey and Luis Scola.

The Cavaliers controlled the game through the first three quarters before both coaches decided to give their full squad a run out.

In other NBA preseason games on the night, Louis Williams knocked down a 3-pointer in the dying seconds to give the Toronto Raptors a 92-89 victory over the Boston Celtics.

Williams ended the game with 15 points, while Jordan Hamilton led the way for the Raptors with 16 points.

Marcus Thornton had a game-high 17 points for the Boston Celtics in the defeat.

At the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, the Detroit Pistons beat the Charlotte Hornets 104-84, with Andre Drummond and Josh Smith each playing top roles in the win.

Drummond grabbed 15 points and 14 rebounds and Smith collected 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Pistons.

Gary Neal scored 20 points for Charlotte, who are 2-2 in preseason.

There were wins on Wednesday as well for the Wizards, Magic and the Nets.

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