Escape act: LeBron, Cavs edge Pacers 109-108 in Game 1
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 16, 2017,
Apr 16, 2017, 5:18
Indiana's C.J. Miles missed a wide-open jump shot at the buzzer after the Cavaliers, as they often did in the waning stages of the regular-season, let the game get complicated toward the end.
Playing in his second career playoff series, Antetekounmpo made 13 of 18 shots, and added eight rebounds and three assists. "In that situation, I need the ball".
It was an excellently played fourth quarter with only one turnover in the final stanza for each team.
"We had a chance to kind of put the game away but missed several point blank lay ups", Lue said.
PG said he spoke to Miles and told him he needs to take that last shot, according to Scott Sargent at Waiting For Next Year. George has confidence in him hitting that shot in the game's first 47 minutes.
Cleveland's LeBron James, who was the second man on the double-team that forced George to give up the ball, said he thinks the Pacers star made the right basketball decision. "I just didn't make it".
But, as usual, the Pacers couldn't contain James, who improved to 45-7 in the opening round and got the Cavs their first win - warts and all. When you're doubling me, I'm giving it up.
"If you're the best player on the floor, that doesn't mean you have to take the shot", James said.
"I just try to be a guy who makes smart decisions in attack mode, and take some of the pressure off Paul", said Stephenson, who previously played with in from 2010-2014. This is G Jeff Teague's third straight postseason facing the Cavs.
Pacers: Indiana was knocked out in the first round by Toronto last season. The Cavs swept the Detroit Pistons a year ago, and they took care of the Celtics in four games in the 2015 first round.
George led the way for the Pacers with 16 first-half points. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (5,762) is second and Michael Jordan (5,987) is first.
Game 2 is Monday night at Quicken Loans Arena.
In addition to James' all-around game, the Cavaliers got five points from Love and seven more from Irving.