Cavs survive Pacers late to go up 2-0


Paul George scored 32 and Jeff Teague 23 for IN, which showed more fight, but now has a steep hill to climb to get back IN the series.

As the final buzzer sounded, LeBron James slammed the ball into the ground in celebration. During this time, the Pacers saw a nine-point Cavs lead balloon to 19. It is the first playoff team in history to erase a 25-point halftime deficit and win.

James did everything you'd expect from him and, at times, it seemed too easy for him. He now has 5,669 playoff points and counting. Its loss snapped a streak of 10 consecutive playoff wins over the Grizzlies. James delivered 28 second-half points as he took over the contest in the fourth quarter in front of a crowd of 18,100 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse arena. "For myself, I just try to put myself in position to help my teammates win no matter who's on the floor with me".

"I don't like sitting out", he said Wednesday. He even held James in check in the first half. The Pacers came away with a 42-40 record in the regular season.

Mike Conley (24 points and eight assists) stepped up for the Grizzlies, who outscored the Spurs 31-17 in the third quarter.

The Cavs were down 74-49 at half-time, after earlier trailing by 26 points. Thaddeus Young added 16 while Lance Stephenson registered 13.

The only score that matters is 2-0. "We can't complain. We just have to take it day by day and hopefully one day soon she'll come home".

"We're right there", said James, who also had 10 rebounds and seven assists.

He's gotta know at this point we need him to take it to the next level, and we'll continue to work with him. "To go up 3-0, makes things a lot more hard for those guys". The bulk of the fourth quarter minutes went to James, Deron Williams, Channing Frye, Kyle Korver and Iman Shumpert. Stephenson had a strong workout with Cleveland in January before latching on with in, but coach Tyronn Lue said his recent injuries dissuaded the Cavs from signing him. But the Cavs spectacularly regressed as the Pacers scored their most points in the first half all season, surpassing their 68 at Orlando on April 8. They committed no turnovers in the third quarter.

The Cavaliers have had lapses on the defensive end of the floor all season long, but when they're clicking on offence the way they were against the Pacers on Monday, they're nearly impossible to stop.

The Cavaliers will likely run back their favorite starting lineup - Kyrie Irving at point guard, J.R. Smith at shooting guard, LeBron at small forward, Kevin Love at power forward, and Tristan Thompson at center.

But my favorite line from LeBron after Game 3 came when he was asked about his success hitting 3-point shots against the Pacers, an aspect of his game that can be inconsistent at times. Of those 121, 73 ended in sweeps.

And it didn't have to happen.

Pacers coach Nate McMillan blamed Indiana's team defense, not placing the blame on just Stephenson. They haven't done that yet this series.

The Cavs trailed by as many as 26 Thursday night in Indianapolis.