The Cavaliers need two more wins to eliminate the Indiana Pacers.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have not been the most consistent team in the National Basketball Association this season, especially with regard to the stretch run of the campaign.
Meanwhile, the Indiana Pacers will be going back to drawing board as they weren't almost as competitive in Game 2 as they were in Game 1. The 74 points was the most the Cavs ever allowed in one half of a playoff game.
Things are looking pretty bleak in IN, facing a 3-0 deficit to the defending champs.
Meanwhile, Kyrie Irving doesn't guard anyone, Kevin Love is below average, and reserves Kyle Korver, Channing Frye and Deron Williamsall provide excellent scoring and floor spacing for Cleveland but are never going to be confused with any stoppers. For all of the doubts about the Cavs defensively, they still are capable of putting up an offensive barrage that really only one team - the Warriors - can truly match in a head-to-head battle.
LeBron James and the Cavs will take on Paul George and the PacersThursdayy.
Kyrie Irving scored 37 points while Kevin Love added 27 and James had 25 as the Cleveland Cavaliers avoided another 4th-quarter collapse in Game 2 of their National Basketball Association playoffs, beating the Indiana Pacers 117-111 on Monday night to take a 2-0 lead in the series.
After squeaking out the opener by a point, LeBron James and Co. showed more intensity on defense, more swagger in general and won their 10th straight first-round game over the past three seasons. Cleveland outscored IN in each of the first three quarters, and entered the fourth quarter with a sizable 18-point lead.
James then blocked a Myles Turner drive and shook his head in no-no-no fashion after the ball sailed out of bounds, but George came right back and hit a three to make it 113-109 with 18.1 seconds remaining. "We'll figure it out".
Despite Smith's absence, the Cavaliers were able to outscore the Pacers by 13 points during the third quarter to take a 96-78 lead into the final period.
"We're right there", said Cleveland forward LeBron James, who was strong again in Game 2 with 25 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. He also had a turnover in just under 19 minutes.
Game 3 is Thursday night. Jeff Teague scored 23 points, and Thaddeus Young contributed 16. But then an explosion of offense from LeBron James helped fuel a 14-0 Cleveland run in the third quarter, and the ultimate result was the largest second-half comeback in postseason history.
Teague injured his right wrist in the second half and coach Nate McMillan said the starting guard will undergo X-rays. There are so many stats in which they are super-sub-par: They finished the season with the league's worst transition defense, the fewest steals per possession, the 25th-most blocked shots, the ninth-worst defensive rebound rate.
IN led by 10 after the first quarter, shooting 67% for the period. 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.
"Complete ignorance", George said Wednesday when asked to respond to the criticism. He passed Mark Price for second place in the third quarter.