National Basketball Association roundup: Cavaliers complete sweep of Pacers

Indiana, which never had been swept in a seven-game series, took a 102-100 lead on a Thaddeus Young tip-in with 1:31 to play, but the Cavaliers scored the game's final six points to advance to the second round of the Eastern Conference. I go out every night to try and win a ballgame, do whatever it takes to help my teammates be successful and do whatever it takes to help me be successful.

Although the series overall was hard-fought, the Cavaliers finished off the Pacers relatively easily.

"Once again, we just had to weather the storm", said James, who made 13 of 25 field-goal attempts and added 10 rebounds, four assists, four steals and two blocks.

Defending LeBron James is a fools task and the Pacers found that out the hard way.

By sweeping a series for the 10th time, James broke a tie with Tim Duncan for the most in a career, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

The Pacers had the lead going into the fourth quarter but outscored by the Cavs 25-18.

Neither team held a double-digit lead in the half.

When it was over and Cleveland had taken a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series, which resumes - and probably concludes - Sunday at 1 p.m.in IN, the Pacers had shot a paltry.255 in the second half (13-for-51) and the Cavs had recorded the largest comeback from a halftime deficit in National Basketball Association playoff history.

In Time's write up of James, the publication said he is "proof that talent combined with passion, tenacity and decency can reinvent the possible".

The victory today assured the Cavaliers a full week's rest before either facing the young and powerful Milwaukee Bucks or the familiar Toronto Raptors - the same Raptors who the Cavaliers beat a year ago in the playoffs 4-2.

Lance Stephenson led the Pacers with 22 points.

Following Sunday's Game 4 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Paul George wasn't ready to talk about his future - either with the Pacers or with any other team - now that his season has come to an abrupt end at the hands of LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers.

ROCKETS 113, THUNDER 109: Nene scored 28 points on ideal shooting from the field, and Houston grabbed a 3-1 lead in its first-round playoff series against the Thunder at Oklahoma City.

"Give Cleveland credit. They made shots and got big rebounds when they needed to". Game 5 is Wednesday in Boston.

SALT LAKE CITY - Joe Johnson scored 28 points and Rudy Gobert added 15 points and 13 rebounds in his first game back from injury to help Utah tie the series 2-2.

The Cavaliers had ended the third quarter strong, closing out the frame by extending their lead to 11 points following two Kyrie Irving free throws.

Jimmy Butler had 33 points and nine assists for the Bulls.

Golden State at Portland, 9:30 p.m.

As a unit, though, the Cavaliers allowed the Pacers to shoot 46.6 percent from the field and 39.1 percent from the 3-point line.

IN led the entire first period with the exception of a couple of late ties.

"This past week for whatever reason, things got worse". ". Consistency is something we talked a lot about throughout the season, where we were getting consistent, solid play, where we would build off the good, improve and get better".

  • Julie Sanders