Close call: Irving scores 37, Cavs hold on to beat Pacers

20 April, 2017, 08:58 | Author: Warren Cooper
  • Shumpert sparks Cavs after Smith hurts hamstring in Game 2

After giving up a late lead and squeaking out the opener by just a point, James and Co. showed more intensity on defense, more swagger in general and held on to win their 10th straight first-round game over the past three seasons.

Kevin Love (27) and LeBron James (25) got their side home 117-111 after nearly blowing an 18-point lead in the final term when the Pacers inched to within four. His career playoff averages coming into Monday stood at 28.0 points, 8.8 rebounds, 6.8 assists, 1.8 steals and 0.9 blocks per game.

Smith wasn't happy the Cavs' medical staff kept him out of the game and vowed he'd be ready for Game 3 on Thursday night in Indianapolis.

IN needs to do a better job of containing the Cavs big three, who put up 89 points on them on Sunday, and according to their star Paul George, the team needs to be more aggressive.

Quicken Loans Arena was rocking as No.23 led his troops to a commanding series advantage ahead of travelling to Bankers Life Fieldhouse in IN for Game 3.

Cavs avoid collapse, hold off Pacers
Cleveland's more predictable offense made defense easier for the Pacers , who got stops more consistently than they did all game. James knocked down 12 of his 20 shots from the field, including two of his three looks from three-point range.

"I don't like sitting out", he said Wednesday. He emerged from the locker room after his teammates and immediately took a seat on the baseline floor. 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. He came in and made it tough on Paul George. Lue simply rode Shumpert way too hard, as he played 20 of the 24 minutes in the second half, even as the Cavaliers offense died in the fourth quarter, crunched by the lack of spacing provided by Shumpert in concert with Tristan Thompson.

Despite losing the opener, Pacers coach Nate McMillian insisted his team hadn't lost any confidence. "We can't complain. We just have to take it day by day and hopefully one day soon she'll come home". "He's got to learn to just be in the moment", George said.

Pacers: Glenn Robinson III returned after missing the past 12 games with a strained left calf. On Monday, he scored 13 points in 26 minutes, but he picked up four personal fouls.

None of it means anything to LeBron James.

Cleveland's enigmatic shooting guard never even peeled off his warmups off in the series opener against in, exiled to coach Tyronn Lue's bench as a high-salaried cheerleader.


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