Cavs take 2-0 lead vs Pacers

But the Cavaliers won there, and when the Cavaliers won Game 6, that confidence wilted like a flower that hadn't been watered.

Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving, right, drives to the basket against Indiana Pacers' Myles Turner in the first half in Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Monday, April 17, 2017, in Cleveland.

Cleveland is still leaving these games uncomfortably close, but they are up 2-0 in the series and there are no such things as style points. After the game, he seemed very much like a man who is exhausted of toiling away on a middling team. IN is 0-9 when dropping the first two games in a series.

George's recent criticism comes days after he chided C.J. Miles for taking and missing the game-winning shot attempt in Game 1. He was called for two blocking fouls that easily could have been charging fouls on the Pacers.

CLEVELAND (AP) — Blown big leads.

On the first and second quarters, both teams were exchanging shots and each of the player's defensive strategy was well-documented.

In the end, though, the Cavs hung on to win, and as the final horn sounded, LeBron James, with an underhand motion threw the ball upward toward the rafters, as though happy the game finally ended.

That's not a good situation when the team is already down 2-0 in a series against one of the best teams in the league.

After giving up a late lead and squeaking out the opener by just a point, James and Co. showed more intensity on defense and held on to win their 10th straight first-round game over the past three seasons.

An 0-2 hole is going to be tough to overcome against LeBron James and the defending NBA Champs, but the Pacers are oh so close to getting over the proverbial hump. The Cavs are finding their groove.

Love totaled 27 points, 11 rebounds and three assists, and James had 25 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. "We'll figure it out". He went right to work - making two 3-pointers to power 10-0 run and push the lead to 110-80 with 4 1/2 minutes left. I don't know if we can take it away from them. Harden also had nine assists and seven rebounds, and Patrick Beverley had a playoff career-best 21 points along with 10 rebounds for the Rockets.

Game three is in Memphis on Thursday (Friday AEST).

Paul George scored 32 for IN, which now has a steep hill to climb to get back IN the series.

Cleveland now has a commanding 2-0 series lead.

The Cavs vowed they would play better after their near-loss in Game 1 and they mostly backed up their talk, delivering the type of performance that was routine last season but rare in 2017. It's our offence. I think we get exhausted at times. and we don't push the ball every single possession when we get a chance.

Ten of his points came when he scored them in consecutive fashion for the Cavaliers in the third quarter. "And that was big".

"We have a chance to do something that we've all been wanting to do all season", James said. "I thought all of them could have went either way, and that's what it's all about".

Iman Shumpert, who didn't play at all in Game 1, replaced Smith and scored five points.

"Shump was unbelievable", coach Tyronn Lue said. "We came in believing, we still believe".

  • Julie Sanders