That game was against LeBron James and the Miami Heat.
Love followed with a 3-pointer a few seconds later, and after IN called timeout, Thompson stormed toward the bench pointing and shouting at James, who couldn't calm him down.
He added in the locker room to ESPN, "I was a little bit too demonstrative at that point in the game". You so rarely get to see the two best players on the floor guarding one another, and it's even rarer that that duel decides the entire game. "Each game that we play, we're forming our identity being a team that plays hard, plays together", Holmes said.
Thompson was reluctant to discuss the incident. "We're gonna be fine", Irving said.
To Thompson's credit, afterwards, he added, "We're family". Move forward. We're family. That didn't happen."We allowed Niko to get his comfort with 3s", James said.
George (season-high 43 points, nine rebounds, nine assists IN 48 minutes) immediately answered with a jumper for IN, but Kevin Love (20 points, 12 rebounds), who had 10 points IN the second OT, scored IN the post to make it 125-122. The Cavs visit the Celtics on Wednesday.
George was magnificent IN defeat, scoring 19 straight points for IN in the overtime sessions and adding nine rebounds and nine assists.
RAPTORS 111, PACERS 100: DeMar DeRozan scored 40 points and Toronto rolled to its seventh straight home win over Indiana.
"I tried to pick and choose and give him a break during timeouts", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said of James. They've struggled during the middle of a season the last two years, only to recover and regroup by the playoffs, where they rolled through everyone.
The Cavaliers had to find a way to win to march into the postseason with momentum.
The long-range shooting expo continued when the Cavs were back in control, with Kevin Love draining a dagger from the wing to put the Cavs up 131-127 with 26.5 left in the second OT. Thompson then walked away from his huddling teammates and sat on the scorer's table by himself.
Both teams had a chance to take the lead, but Tristan Thompson missed a pair of free throws and Myles Turner's shot with 1.4 seconds left fell short, sending the game to overtime.
That sound you hear is all the Cleveland and IN beat writers hitting control-alt-delete on their game stories, and texting their loved ones: "JR SMITH FML". But that's what we got with LeBron and PG-13, who reignited their rivalry from earlier in the decade. The Cavaliers are hoping they can stop their three-game slide and begin to look like they might defend their 2016 title by getting themselves right against those Sixers on Friday night at Quicken Loans Arena.
BOSTON - Isaiah Thomas scored 35 points, Jae Crowder had 18 and Boston rallied to beat Orlando to maintain its slim lead over Cleveland atop the Eastern Conference.
The Bulls overcame an 11-point third-quarter deficit to rally past the Cavaliers, who dropped half a game behind the Boston Celtics for the Eastern Conference lead.