James helps Cavs hold off Pacers, earn sweep into 2nd round
- Author: Angelo Rivera May 02, 2017,
May 02, 2017, 13:59
The Cavs opened the quarter with a 13-3 run to cut the Pacers' lead to 77-62 at the 7:50 mark. "And we found a way to win". He finished with 33 points in helping the Cavs become the first team to sweep a four-game series from the Pacers.
Cavaliers: Will make their 11th appearance in the conference semifinals.
The Raptors and Bucks are tied at two games apiece after Toronto's 87-76 win in Milwaukee on Saturday. He had 20 points and six boards at the half. "We haven't taken advantage of the opportunities we've had, and we're paying the price for it right now". And again, he sent the Indiana Pacers home for vacation. "In coming off the bench, he added the passion we've been looking all season for".
Chris Paul totaled 27 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds to lead Los Angeles.
The Cavs were down ten after the first quarter and by fifteen after the second quarter, leaving them with a 25-point lead by the Pacers at halftime.
"Rough night", he admitted.
"This is something I've been dealing with, but doing OK". "I just don't settle for being not as great as I can be".
Neither team has won a home game in the series. "The King" has won 21 straight first-round playoff games, and the last time he lost in the first round was May 6, 2012, when the Knicks beat his Miami Heat squad.
The Cavs led 96-83 with 9:29 left before IN made its final push.
IN came out in the fourth period determined and made a gallant 19-4 run to take the lead, 102-100, with 1:31 left.
Thaddeus Young's basket with 2:39 left tied the game.
Paul George had his worst game of the series, dropping 15 points on just 5-21 shooting, and missed a three-pointer that would've tied the game in the closing seconds.
"It's real frustrating to continue on losing to the same team or same person", George said.
George's 3-pointer missed off the backboard, and James grabbed the rebound and was fouled.
After 31 years on the beat and 85 games this season - 82 in the regular season and three in the playoffs - this is what I've figured out about the 2016-17 Cavaliers: I can' figure them out.
Questions around the Cleveland defense have also yet to be answered, reason for concern as the playoffs progress. It was the largest halftime comeback in National Basketball Association postseason history. Give credit to Cleveland. "They made shots when they needed to", McMillan said. Game 4 will be nationally televised on Sunday, so the players will want to look good. "That's what you have to do".
Indy was cruising in the first half on their way to a franchise record 74-point half.
George didn't score until 2:42 remained in the first quarter, missing his first four attempts.
The Cavs took their first lead of the contest on a Deron Williams 3 on their second possession of the second period.
PORTLAND, Ore. - Stephen Curry scored 34 points, Klay Thompson added 24 and short-handed Golden State overcame a slow start to take a 3-0 lead in its playoff series against Portland.
And by holding on for the win, James improved to 52-0 in the playoffs when his team takes a double-digit lead into the fourth quarter.
But with the Cavs on offense, it was James again who played the role of hero for Cleveland, knocking down a 3-pointer to put Cleveland back up by one. The biggest flaw in his performance was going 7-of-14 from the free-throw line as was 2-of-4 in the final 47.9 seconds. Nikola Mirotic and seldom-used Isaiah Canaan each scored 13 points, but Dwyane Wade finished with just 11.
This loss hurts Indiana's confidence, as they know now that they can not ease up on a team like Cleveland.
"I just try to put myself in position to help my teammates be in position to help us win".