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Only twice in the 38 seasons of Cavalier basketball had the wine and gold won the Central Division, the least among all teams. So, when the Cavaliers clinched their franchise's third division title, their second straight, with a win tonight over the division rival Pacers, they did something special and significant, even though it may not feel like it. LeBron had a fantastic second half for the second straight night, and the Cavaliers used a big third quarter run to break open a huge advantage. They came back to earth, however, and their finish against Indiana was less than stellar to say the least. It seemed very much like a "win and move on" game once again.
Missing pieces of the Pacer puzzle: The Pacers are struggling with injuries right now as they are currently without Jeff Foster, Tyler Hansbrough, T.J. Ford, and Danny Granger. Granger was just injured last night when he received a significant blow to the head near the end of a game against Charlotte. That robbed fans of seeing another installment of what has become a nice rivalry between LeBron and Granger. Meanwhile, the Cavs welcomed back Delonte West after a one-game absence due to a sprained knee.