Cleveland Cavaliers vs Indiana Pacers Game 2: What We Learned

That was evident Monday in Game 2 of the playoff series against the Cavs, when Stephenson was visibly upset a number of times on the court.

The lead was cut to four with 18 seconds to go, but Irving responded to put Cleveland within two wins of a series victory.

On Monday night, the Indiana Pacers once again were in another hard-fought contest with the Cavaliers.

In San Antonio, Memphis Grizzlies coach David Fizdale was left fuming after watching his team slide to a 96-82 loss against the Spurs in their Western Conference showdown.

Throughout Love's tenure with the Cavs, he has been known for getting involved in the offense early in games, particularly in the first quarter, but has a habit of seeming to fade out of games in terms of scoring.

Elsewhere, Khris Middleton scored 20 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo added 19, and Milwaukee's defense did the rest as the Bucks eased past the Toronto Raptors 104-77. I don't care what happens. "That's what I was trying to do tonight", said James who won his 20th consecutive first round postseason game. You can't look at a game like that.

Shumpert, who didn't play in Game 1, stayed ready and played like Cavs' fans were accustomed to see him playing in the beginning of the season.

James passed Kobe Bryant for number 3 on the league's career playoff scoring list and tied another National Basketball Association record by winning his 20th consecutive first-round game.

Paul George led the Pacers with 32 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.

San Antonio looked as if it might be in trouble - for 10 minutes.

George's recent criticism comes days after he chided C.J. Miles for taking and missing the game-winning shot attempt in Game 1.

The Spurs blew it open with a 19-0 run over the third and fourth quarters, shutting out Grizzlies guard Mike Conley in the second half.

Stevens said Thomas plans to play in Game 2 tonight and then head to Washington state to be with his family and help complete funeral arrangements. They shot 11 times in the paint and had 23 free throws. "They're still going to do what they do".

The Cavaliers were up 18 points heading into the final quarter before the Pacers rallied to make it a competitive game. Cleveland is 12-0 when starting 2-0 in the postseason.

Leonard finished the game nine for 14 from the field and was 19 for 19 on free throws. But only if you miss the playoffs. Hats off to them, they played well.

INJURY UPDATE: The Pacers are still listing backup big man Al Jefferson (sprained left ankle) and Glenn Robinson III (sore left calf) as questionable.

PRESSURE IS ON: Paul George. Indiana's All-Star made it clear after Game 1 he needs to take the last shot.

"Not knowing if he was going to get a chance to go".

Before Game 2, however, George recanted his previous position.

The competitive nature of the series comes as no shock to the IN players.

However, they almost blew an 18-point lead in the fourth as the Pacers got within four before Cleveland closed it out at the line.

  • Julie Sanders