James helps Cavs hold off Pacers, earn sweep into 2nd round

Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue in action during the first half in Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Indiana Pacers

Despite the fact that the Cavaliers lost their final four games in the regular season, they understood that the playoff is different and that they elevated their games.

Indiana, which never had been swept in a seven-game series, took a 102-100 lead on Thaddeus Young's tip-in with 1:31 to play, but the Cavaliers scored the game's final six points to advance to the second round of the Eastern Conference. He had a game-high 33 points to go along with 10 rebounds and four assists.

JR Smith #5 of the Cleveland Cavaliers defends against Paul George #13 of the Indiana Pacers in the first half of Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs against at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on April 23, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The Pacers played that way in the first half Thursday as they set a team record for points scored in a half with 74.

IN held a 72-46 late in the first half of Game 3, but the Cavaliers just chipped away in the second half behind a legendary performance from LeBron James. Of course, the King had an answer for that, too.

But those examples pale in comparison to the hard lessons they've been getting from LeBron James, who has beaten in in seemingly every way possible this series.

Lance Stephenson led IN with 22 points, Myles Turner had 20 and George finished with 15 on only 5-of- 21 shooting. Despite the sweep, it was a closer series than most people realize considering each game was a six point deficit or less.

Lance Stephenson scored 22 points for Indiana.

Boston blew a 20-point lead, but Thomas keyed a third-quarter run that put the Celtics back on top after Chicago briefly went ahead.




"I think they're pissed off that we allowed that game to get away and we should be", coach Nate McMIllan said.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr says he won't be on the sidelines for Game 4 on Monday at Portland.

No team in National Basketball Association history has ever overcome a 3-0 deficit to win a postseason series, but Teague can't be anxious about that.

Meanwhile, the Milwaukee Bucks eased past the Toronto Raptors 104-77.

"We had the necessary fight we have been lacking during the series, but we just came up short in the end", Turner said. In the first round of the 2010-2011 postseason, IN trailed the Chicago Bulls 3-0 and lost 4-1. Chris Paul had 27 points and 12 assists for the Clippers, who host Game 5 on Tuesday. IN set a franchise single-game playoff record with 16 made 3-pointers in Game 3 but also allowed a franchise record 21 made 3s in the 119-114 defeat.

Turning Point - In Game 2, it was Kevin Love who took over in the third quarter and gave the Cavaliers a boost after intermission.

According to ESPN, on the postgame interview, James acknowledged the team effort that helped the Cavs overcome the 26-point deficit by the Pacers.

Jimmy Butler had 33 points and nine assists for the Bulls, who continued to struggle offensively without injured point guard Rajon Rondo. We did a better job contesting shots and getting body on body (in the second half).

James has shown that when he operates as the point guard and has shooters around him, he's very risky given his abilities as a passer.

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