Indiana Pacers, Game 2

The Cleveland Cavaliers began the 2017 NBA Playoffs with a 109-108 victory over the Indiana Pacers in Game 1 of the opening round at Quicken Loans Arena Saturday.

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.

James (25 points and 10 rebounds) and Love (27 and 11) each had double-doubles in the win.

The best-of-seven series now heads to Indianapolis on Thursday for Game 3.

Cleveland police were searching, and still are searching, for Steve Stephens, a 37-year-old man who shot and killed a 74-year-old man on Sunday, then posted a video of the murder to Facebook.

IN erased a 10-point deficit with nine minutes left in Game 1, and then in Game 2 cut the Cavs' 18-point lead after three quarters to four with 19.5 seconds left on a George 3-pointer.

Out of seven games in the first round Eastern Conference, the Cleveland Cavaliers have won one game and Cavs leads 1-0 series. We held Paul George to four points in that third quarter where our defense was really good.

"Shump was unbelievable", Lue said. "It's our offense. I think we get exhausted at times".

Cavs guard J.R. Smith did not return for the second half because of a left hamstring injury. Irving went 0 of 9 from the big line and only took a single missed shot from the charity stripe. The Pacers scored 19 points on the Cavs' 11 turnovers, and IN won the rebounding battle 41-34.

"We have so many pieces on this team, but everyone has to stay ready", Irving said.

If Smith can't go in Game 3, the Cavs will likely start Shumpert, who did a nice job harassing George during the third quarter when the Cavs took control and opened a 19-point lead. The James tallied 32 points, 13 assists, six rebounds and came up big in the last few minutes of the game.

Also, the host team Cavs fans and the people can watch this Game 2 on FOX Sports OHIO, TNT and Listen to WTAM 1100 / 87.7 FM (ESP). 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.

  • Julie Sanders