In Thursday's opener, the Cleveland Cavaliers look to take a commanding 3-0 series lead when they take on the Indiana Pacers. They are the first playoff team in history to erase a 25-point halftime deficit and win.
LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, up 2-0 in a best of seven series, meet Paul George and the Indiana Pacers as their first-round NBA Eastern Conference playoff matchup continues on Thursday, April 20, 2017 (4/20/17) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Despite George making only 1 of 5 field goal attempts, IN led 37-27 after the first 12 minutes, getting nine points from Kevin Seraphin and seven from Thaddeus Young.
The Pacers came out of the gates firing on all cylinders, building a 26-point lead at one point, giving their home crowd much to cheer for.
Coach Tyronn Lue thought the Cavaliers' defense made progress in Game 2 Monday night, even though the Pacers' shooting percentage didn't reflect it.
"And we don't push the ball every single possession when we get a chance".
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Ingles had eight points, two assists and two steals in 32 minutes while Johnson, coming off the bench, had 21 points. Give credit to Luc Mbah a Moute though; he's been attached to Hayward on virtually every possession.
Officially, it will go down as the third-largest comeback in playoff history.
In the third quarter alone, LeBron scored 13 of the Cavaliers' 35 points, including three 3-pointers.
Interestingly, four players (Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving, J.R. Smith and Channing Frye) had exactly 13 points each for Cleveland in the supporting effort. Paul George isn't happy. Then for good measure, he closed out with 15 points in the final quarter. As always, three-point shots were Cleveland's main weapon in the 117-111 victory over in, but it has to be noted that they had no more than seven offensive rebounds in Game 2. Oh, and don't forget, he also grabbed 11 rebounds, dished out three assists and had one block as well.
The Pacers led by 10 after one quarter, then increased their lead to 50-36 with 5:54 remaining in the second quarter. IN scored 74 points in the first half, 37 in each quarter.
Kyrie Irving ripped the Pacers with 37 points, including a career-playoff-best 25 in the second half.
"We're the guys on the court, we have to get the job done, myself included", George said.
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"It sucks. We had them". It's our offence. I think we get exhausted at times. and we don't push the ball every single possession when we get a chance.
In Memphis, guard Mike Conley scored 24 points and added eight assists as the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the San Antonio Spurs 105-94 to get back into their series. Their loss snapped a streak of 10 consecutive playoff wins over the Grizzlies.
George didn't score until 2:42 remained in the first quarter, missing his first four attempts.
Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love did not play a minute in the fourth quarter after having combined to shoot 8-for-29 in the first three quarters. Miles scored nine points.
If there's been a knock on Cleveland through the first two games of this series it's been the inability to put press down the pedal in the final frame of Games 1 and 2.
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It was his way of saying Arnold Palmer would go for it, and his way of letting Michael Greller know that Spieth was feeling it. There are too many capable players. "After the first round, I couldn't ask for much better than this", Spieth said.