Close call: Irving scores 37, Cavs hold on to beat Pacers

The NBA playoffs continue on Monday night, with the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers back in action as they host the Indiana Pacers in Game 2 of their First Round series.

They can begin to silence the critics by taking a 2-0 lead on the Pacers with a win Monday night.

Lue said entering the playoffs that he would maintain his usual rotation, which in theory should mean that Shumpert gets court time.

I expected Cleveland to look much better in Game 1 than it did.

"We have all the usual security plans in place for the Cavs game and above that", Cleveland police chief Calvin Williams added.

Paul George played strong and the Pacers had five players in double figures, they also made 11 triples and couldn't win. Those four - Jefferson, Frye, Williams, and Korver - opened the second quarter with LeBron James, who scored 32 points in 43 minutes. Which will win the game? "We came in believing, we still believe". "He's got to learn to just be in the moment". In a game where their Big Three combined for 72 points and 20 assists, the Cavaliers came one shot away from losing the game to a team that ranked 15th in offensive rating during the regular season. "I'm happy with how emotional we were". "They got hot. This team is capable of making big runs but we just bounced back too late".

Pacers: Glenn Robinson III returned after missing the past 12 games with a strained left calf.

This is the first time that Love, Irving and James have all scored 25 points in the same playoff game. Cleveland went 5-for-8 during the spurt while IN was 0-for-4 with two turnovers. A moment of silence was observed for Robert Godwin Sr., the 73-year-old tragically killed Sunday in Cleveland by a suspect who shot him and posted the killing on Facebook. He needs 37 points to pass Kobe Bryant (5,640 points) for third place in National Basketball Association playoff scoring history, and needs two more rebounds to pass Robert Parish (1,765 rebounds) for eighth in postseason history. Stephenson had a strong workout with Cleveland in January before latching on with in, but coach Tyronn Lue said his recent injury issues - groin surgery and an Achilles issue - dissuaded the Cavs from signing him. With only 19 attempts in Game One, the Pacers offense should be able to adjust to let George be dominant.

  • Julie Sanders