Cavs star Donovan Mitchell takes charge in fourth quarter win over Pacers

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Donovan Mitchell celebrates after scoring a three-point basket against the Indiana Pacers during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Dec. 16, 2022, in Cleveland.  (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

CLEVELAND — The Pacers learned the hard way that they shouldn’t bother the bear. And the Cavs are getting used to seeing what the bear can do.

Trailing by double digits against Indiana entering the fourth quarter on Friday night, Donovan Mitchell took over, hitting a flurry of 3-pointers and a few layups to lead the Cavs to a 118-112 come-from-behind victory. He matched the Pacers’ fourth-quarter point total (18) alone and almost single-handedly led the charge, which included a head-to-head tie with Pacers guard Bennedict Mathurin that sparked the comeback.

“You don’t pin the bear, and he was pinned and he went on and did what he did,” Cavs coach JB Bickerstaff said. “But he got everyone going, that’s the thing. That’s leadership. The ability to impact others as well.”

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