Lebron James returned to action after sitting out the previous game to help the Cleveland Cavaliers arrest a two-game losing streak and beat the Indiana Pacers in Ohio on Monday.
In a tight encounter at the Quicken Loans Arena, James starred as he finished with a game-high 33 points.
Monta Ellis ended with 28 points and Paul George chipped in with 23 for the Pacers in defeat – it was their third straight loss, although it was a much improved performance from the defeat by Portland on Sunday.
Cleveland were up by one at the break and that margin stayed the same heading into the fourth and final quarter.
But thanks to strong showings by Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson in the final minutes of the game the Cavs managed to hold off a spirited Pacers side to win through 100-96.
Cleveland remain at the top of the Eastern Conference in which Indiana occupy the eighth and final playoff berth.