LeBron James led Cavs' historic comeback against Pacers
- Author: Julie Sanders May 02, 2017,
May 02, 2017, 13:46
Without Kyrie Irving or Kevin Love playing a single minute in the fourth quarter, James managed to lift the Cleveland Cavaliers the victory, finishing the night with 41 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists.
"That's the most frustrating thing, we could at least be up 2-1 and really be in the driver's seat in this series", George said one day after in blew a 26-point lead and lost for the third time in six days.
Lance Stephenson had 22 points for the Pacers, while Paul George posted 15 of his own.
But James, whose teams were 51-0 when starting the fourth quarter with double-digit leads in the postseason, made sure the flawless record remained intact.
James finished the first half with 20 points, six rebounds and two assists. It's the first time the Pacers have lost a series 4-0 in their National Basketball Association history. Cleveland outscored IN by just 16 combined points, the smallest-ever margin of victory for a four-game sweep. They have made 50% of their shot attempts, which resulted for the lead to get cut down to a single digit.
"I just try to put myself in position to help my teammates be in position to help us win".
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. I thought turning the ball over 19 times and giving them 24 points off our turnovers really hurt us.
Kudos to Irving and Love who played the cheerleading role without asking to re-enter the game, but the two haven't been too productive during their time in. George averaged 32.3 points during the series' first three games.
The Cavaliers shot 52.2 percent (12 of 23) in the second quarter and held George without a field goal on 0-of-4 shooting.
"We got better in round one and that's a plus for us", James said.
But as we've come to expect with this team, the playoffs started and Cavs blew up the preconceived narratives that had surrounded them. James also was active in defense against the scorers of the Pacers.
McMillan said if the Pacers didn't play with heart and effort it could lead to "major changes".
Don't look now, but Cleveland's second-round opponent could be the sixth-seeded Milwaukee Bucks, who lead No. 3 Toronto 2-1 in their series.
If the previous three games are any indication, he'll put on another show in Game 4, which should prove to be the series finale.
While Harden was five-of-16 from the field for 16 points, Nene led the high-flying Rockets on the road. He then pointed to a very specific example, reciting a random play from the game as if he had just watched it again.
Cleveland gets some extra rest before finding out who it will play in the second round.
Russell Westbrook had 35 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists for the Thunder but Houston made a push both times Westbrook left the game and made a final one late with Westbrook on the floor. While the defense needs to improve, we're seeing a team round into form with an offensive that won a ring past year.