National Basketball Association playoff schedule 2017

The Cavaliers, on the other hand, ended what has to be considered a disappointing regular season in a disjointed fashion.

THE NBA champions Cleveland Cavaliers escaped with a 109-108 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday in the opening game of the 2017 playoffs.

Suffice it to say that surviving a possible game-winning jumper from the Pacers C.J. Miles on the game's final possession is not how the Cavaliers wanted to begin the title defense. "We're trying to get back to that, which makes a really good basketball team".

However, it was anything but easy as the Cavs, who had a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter, had to withstand a strong comeback by the Pacers, who had the ball and a chance to win with 20 seconds left. James left his man, forced George to give the ball up in the face of a double-team and made C.J. Miles take the last shot, which came up short."We knew the clock was going down and C.J. pretty much had to go iso or try to put up a shot against R.J". A questionable timeout by Pacers' coach Nate McMillan allowed the Cavaliers to set up their defense, with designs on denying George the chance for a last-second shot. "I got the ball at 4 (seconds), so I had to take it myself".

Kyrie Irving added 23 points for the Cavaliers, who won their 12th successive playoff game on home court.

It was a disappointing finish after an outstanding performance by George, who finished with 29 points, seven assists and five rebounds.

A total of 13 misses at the free throw line almost cost the Cavaliers the game, connecting on just 14-of-27 from the field.

The Cavs put their stamp on things with a 10-0 run late in the third quarter punctuated by a James dunk that sent the building into a tizzy as the four-time MVP batted his chest and gesticulated toward the crowd while in called timeout. Seeing what you can do, seeing ways you can get better, and you always go into Game 2 even more prepared because you want to see what type of game plan they have.

"Hell, no", he snapped. Marc Gasol had 32 points for Memphis.

ABOUT THE GRIZZLIES: The biggest thing the Spurs did to disrupt Memphis was getting point guard Mike Conley out of his rhythm, and the team leader managed just 13 points on 5-of-14 shooting. Greg Monroe added 14 points, Tony Snell had 11, and Khris Middleton finished with 10 points and nine assists.

DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors with 27 points and grabbed nine rebounds, Serge Ibaka added 19 points and 14 rebounds, and Jonas Valanciunas had nine points and nine rebounds.

The Cavaliers have never lost a playoff series they led 2-0. George was excellent Saturday, scoring 29 points, hitting 6/8 from 3-point range, and dishing out 7 assists.? The game is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. start time and it will be televised nationally on TNT.

Some of the same bad habits which were evident in the final six weeks of the regular season showed up for Cleveland, which allowed in to shoot 49 percent from the field and watched a double-digit lead evaporate in the fourth quarter. The Cavaliers led by 5 points after the first quarter and 7 points at halftime; 66-59.

It's a byproduct of their collapse at Atlanta on April 9, when the Hawks trailed by 26 points to start the fourth quarter and won by one in overtime.

The Spurs are making their 20th straight post-season appearance, tied for third all-time.

Irving, who had a miserable fourth quarter to that point, hit a shot and then blocked Teague's floater to stem the tide following Indiana's 11-0 run. The Indiana Pacers are shooting 37.6 percent from beyond the arc and 81 percent from the free throw line. "We'll be more prepared for Game 2".

  • Julie Sanders