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Cavaliers' JR Smith exits Game 2 with hamstring injury

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Kristopher Love | 21 April, 2017, 19:41

It mirrored a similar shaky finish in Game 1, when in wiped out a 10-point fourth quarter lead before Cleveland ground out a win. "I was asking for it. C.J. took it upon himself".

The Cavs flipped the script with a masterful third quarter in which they outscored the Pacers 35-17 (mirroring the 33-20 outburst they had in the third in Game 2), with James almost matching in on his own with 13 points in the quarter, including three 3-pointers that moved him into fourth place on the all-time postseason triples list, passing Kobe Bryant - on the same night he also passed him for third on the all-time playoff scoring list.

"I'll be honest, I didn't have a doubt in my mind", Frye said of the comeback. Miles said. "That's how you get over it". "Lance, in our locker room, is looked upon as a leader".

Once they decide to lock in on defense, however, the Cavs continue to prove that there is no team in the East that can compete with them for 48 minutes, and tonight was a flawless example of that. "But we're right there on turning the switch on what we really can become".

With Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love surrounding him, LeBron will pick up his pace and put the team on his back when the playoffs come along, just like every other year. "We're playing for pride now". Stephenson slammed the ball to the floor in frustration after one of the fouls, probably what George was hinting at in his comments.

"We missed layups, they got the momentum and we got hesitant", IN coach Nate McMillan said of the Pacers' collapse.

"Tonight was very special", said Love, who combined with Irving to make only 8 of 29 field goal attempts after he James and Irving combined to score 89 points in Cleveland's Game 2 victory. "They do a great job of recognizing matchups and taking advantage of it. I expect us to play with that mindset". "It's our offense. I think we get exhausted at times. We didn't work to deny or front that post shot". But the night belonged to point guard Kyrie Irving, who drilled 37 points on 14-for-24 shooting including 4-of-10 from 3-point range.

According to Basketball News, Playoff basketball is all about making winning plays and laying everything all on the line, and that was what Kevin Love has displayed during Game 2.

"Because I knew that he was getting better and I was like, 'Man, if you take a day off, he's going to take advantage of it". We'll continue to work with him.

Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs with 18 points. And growth for him. "That's pretty much the only thing you can take into the next game". He's still young. He's still learning, so it's a good thing.

"I'm not even going to say it's our defence", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said.

He scored 28 in the second half and finished with 13 rebounds and 12 assists, moving past Kobe Bryant and into third on the NBA's playoff scoring list.