Irving shines as Cavs take grip on Pacers

Apr 19, 2017, 01:47
Irving shines as Cavs take grip on Pacers

With 12 points in Game 3, James would pass Kobe Bryant for third place in National Basketball Association postseason scoring.

Trailing 1-0, the Boston Celtics host the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday, while the Toronto Raptors are home to the Milwaukee Bucks after losing their series opener. The Pacers trailed by as many as 18 as Nate McMillan had no sense to remove Lance Stephenson from a Kevin Love onslaught, but a gutsy fourth quarter pushed IN to as close as four points IN the final minute. His first points didn't come until after the halfway point of the third quarter.

That's the next step in the Cavs' process, finding a way to play a complete game.

"Think we were just a little bit early on a lot of their sets", James said. "We'll figure it out". I'd much rather have an 18-point lead than not have a lead at all. "Even if it's not with points, it's getting everybody involved ... rebounding the ball, pushing the tempo and putting us in the right positions out there on the floor". LeBron James finished with 25 points while Kevin Love had 27 points.

The Indiana Pacers plan on staying safe following a scare in Cleveland.

The two teams will meet for game three of the series in IN on Thursday, April 20.

Additionally, point guard Jeff Teague scored eight points, handed out three assists and corralled a pair of rebounds in the opening frame.

Twenty-one bench points. That was all the 10-man reserve squad of Cleveland could muster after the starters combined for 96.

"To have J.R. go out like that, come out at halftime, it was a big switch", said Irving, who has a conversation with Shumpert before the second half.

As the series moves to Indianapolis for Game 3 on Thursday, the Cavaliers have a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Irving closed the quarter by draining a 3-pointer over Stephenson and the All-Star made sure Indiana's antagonizing guard knew about it, yapping in his direction long after the horn sounded.

"I thought we lost our composure and got frantic out there", Nate McMillan said of the fateful quarter. "That third quarter we were able to turn our defense up, trapping him, scrambling, rotating". "And that was big".

The Cavs say they made the play they wanted to make at the end, forcing Pacers star Paul George to give the ball up to Miles, who was initially covered before shaking free from Richard Jefferson just before releasing the ball.

"He missed, we won", James said. We know how good LeBron is going to be, we know how good Kyrie is going to be.

One of Lowry's three made baskets in last year's Game 1 loss to Miami was an unlikely half court heave to force overtime.

"This team has character, besides the talent and the desire to win", Spurs center Pau Gasol said. We withstood every run.

Leonard finished the game nine for 14 from the field and was 19 for 19 on free throws.

For Pacers fans, hopefully enough of them got tickets before they hit the secondary market, as I imagine there will be plenty of maroon and yellow from Cleveland Cavaliers fans.

"I'm not going to let them treat us that way". If the Pacers want to be successful in this series, they cannot have the kind of performances that Turner had Monday. That's unacceptable, that was unprofessional. Simply leaving Stephenson in the game when the starters return has been McMillan's biggest lineup adjustment since returning to Ellis as a starter, and there's been no real attempt at shortening the rotation beyond only playing Lavoy Allen five minutes instead of 10.

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