Grizzlies pull within 2-1 of Spurs with 105-94 win

He passed Kobe Bryant to move into 3rd place on the NBA's all-time playoff scoring list.

"I don't settle for being not as great as I can be", James said. "At halftime I told the guys we just needed to get some stops".

Pacers forward Paul George scored 36 points, including 21 alone in the second quarter. George also finished with 15 rebounds and nine assists.

The 74 first-half points are the Pacers' most this season, topping the 68 they scored during the first two quarters April 8 at Orlando.

LeBron James engineered the National Basketball Association playoffs' biggest second-half comeback as the Cleveland Cavaliers overturned a 25-point deficit at half-time to beat the Indiana Pacers 119-114 in Game Three of their series on Thursday.

Memphis Grizzlies coach David Fizdale, left, smiles from the sideline as San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard stands on the court during the second half of Game 3 in an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Thursday, Apr. The Grizzlies built a slim 4-point lead, 50-46, going into the locker room at the halftime buzzer.

It was a record-breaking collapse for the Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in game three of their best-of-seven series with the Cavaliers.

The Spurs made all 17 of their free throws, a tremendous improvement from Game 3 when they were 16 of 28 from the line.

Be proactive - Use the "Flag as Inappropriate" link at the upper right corner of each comment to let us know of abusive posts. The third game of each series has been tight with three decided by single digits, and Game 3 of the 2013 West finals went to overtime before the Spurs won 104-93. John Wall kept up his dazzling play in the series, scoring 29 points, but the point guard got no help from his teammates.

He also tied Magic Johnson, Michael Cooper and James Worthy for the most consecutive first-round wins with 20.

In Memphis, guard Mike Conley scored 24 points and added eight assists as the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the San Antonio Spurs 105-94 to get back into their series.

Griffin and point guard Chris Paul were lost to injuries past year, and the Clippers blew a 3-1 series lead against Houston in 2015.

It was the Grizzlies' first win over the Spurs in the playoffs since April 2011, when Memphis beat San Antonio in six games.

The Grizzlies scored the first eight points of the second half Thursday night before Kyle Anderson knocked down a 3-pointer to cut Memphis' lead to 58-49.

The first got the margin down to 14, only to see IN hit a pair of 3-pointers to push its lead back up to 20 points at 87-67.

Elsewhere, DeMar DeRozan, held scoreless from the floor a game earlier, struck for 33 points and nine rebounds to lead Toronto over Milwaukee 87-76.

Khris Middleton had a team-high 20 points for the Bucks, while Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 19.

The contest was tied after the first quarter, 21-21.

Gobert is a defensive player of the year candidate after he led the league in blocks.

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