NBA wrap: Cavaliers blows 22-point lead in third straight loss

LeBron James had a chance to win it for the Cavaliers but one small step cost his team the victory.

Cleveland Cavaliers had a chance to win the game with under 5 seconds remaining but Lebron James stepped on the baseline before missing his layup.   -  AP

If LeBron James was mad during the Cleveland Cavaliers' blowout loss to the Toronto Raptors Thursday, how did he have to be feeling Friday as he watched his team slowly give away a 22-point lead? 

Friday's 97-95 loss to the Indiana Pacers was the third straight for the Cavs after they went on a 22-0 run and led 26-6 just minutes into the first quarter. They had a chance to win the game with under 5 seconds remaining as they had the ball down one, but James stepped on the baseline before missing his layup.

The Cavaliers started the game up 34-12 after the first quarter, but allowed the Pacers to shoot 49 percent from the field the rest of the way. 

"We went 1-5, or 1-4, whatever the hell it was, on this road trip, so there ain't no progress," James, who finished with 27 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds, told reporters after the game.

STUDS OF THE NIGHT

Anthony Davis scored 36 points and added nine rebounds in the New Orleans Pelicans' 119-113 win over the Portland Trail Blazers, but his teammate DeMarcus Cousins was as good or better with 24 points, 19 boards and eight assists.

John Wall and Bradley Beal both scored 30 points in the Washington Wizards' 125-119 win over the Orlando Magic. Wall added nine assists while Beal added seven. The two combined to shoot 65.7 percent from the floor.

Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie came up one rebound short of a triple-double with 20 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds in Brooklyn's 110-105 win over the Atlanta Hawks.

DUD OF THE NIGHT

Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton went 2 for 12 from the floor with a mere eight points and four assists in Milwaukee's 108-94 loss to the Golden State Warriors.