LeBron James on verge of doing something that hasn't happened since 1984
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Apr 18, 2017,
Apr 18, 2017, 7:46
Leonard seized control in the third, pumping in 15 points - the same amount as the entire Memphis team - before sitting out the 4th with the game already in hand.
Miles didn't make any excuses. Kyle Korver, the league's top 3-point shooter this season, made the only shot he took on Saturday - and it wasn't even a 3-pointer. Paul George got up a mid-range jumper quickly after, but it went in-and-out-something that seemed to happen often for him Saturday-which allowed Kyrie Irving to get the rebound and get a quick shot off to give Cleveland the lead back with 2:34 to go.
"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. The final possession notwithstanding (again, we'll get there), Pacers fans should be ecstatic with George's play.
Cleveland got 23 points, six assists and two huge steals from Kyrie Irving and 17 points from Kevin Love, but "The Big Three" combined to score just eight points on 3-for-14 shooting in the fourth period, with James missing two shots at the rim and Irving missing another.
"It's a routine that we're going to stick with".
"I'm happy we got the victory", James said.
However, George made it clear after the game that he needs to be the one taking the game's final shot. "I'm happy how emotional we was". Thaddeus Young took the challenge upon himself to match up with James and did an excellent job of limiting him to the best of his ability.
The Pacers have solid efforts from Paul George and Lance Stephenson to thank for keeping the game close and not quitting when it looked like the Cavaliers were going to run away with the game. They would falter down the stretch due to some incredibly confusing coaching decisions from Nate McMillan.
The timeout, which allowed Cleveland to set up its defense and its preferred matchup on George, advanced the ball to the frontcourt, where IN inbounded the ball to George near the halfcourt line. He was previously with Atlanta, which was swept by Cleveland in 2015 and 2016. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (5,762) is second and Michael Jordan (5,987) is first.
Game 2 is at Monday night at Quicken Loans Arena. You can't look at a game like that.
Atlanta at Washington, noon Portland at Golden State, 2:30 p.m.
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"Offensively, we got a little stagnant and started playing a little bit of isolation, which we're very good at", James said.