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Close call: Irving scores 37, Cavs hold on to beat Pacers

Close call: Irving scores 37, Cavs hold on to beat Pacers

Lance is an emotional guy. The Indiana Pacers are averaging 109.5 points on 50.3 percent shooting and allowing 113 points on 54.5 percent shooting. Kevin Love contributed 27 points and 11 rebounds and was 12 of 12 from the foul line.

The turning point of the game was when the Pacers were outscored 33-20 in the third quarter. But it's just about being a basketball player."Myles Turner, who was 0-for-5 in the first half, shot 1-for-2 in the third, sinking a face up jumper from the free throw line for his only basket of the period".

"It's you guys writing us off that this game is going to be easy for the Cavs", said IN star Paul George, who's averaging 30.5 points IN the series.

In the first game between Pacers vs Cavaliers, the P. George (SF) has scored highest for his Pacers as 29 points, seven assists and five rebounds. L. Stephenson (SG) is the second man of Pacers, who scored 16 points, three assists, and seven rebounds.

Ellis played more minutes than Robinson and C.J. Miles (nine points on 4-7 shooting) and just one less minute than Stephenson.

"When you win a championship, they always talk about you're the defending champions", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said on April 17 before the game. And the root of that is "I think we get exhausted at times. Once we get over the screen, it's an isolation and they've been hitting shots". Hats off to them, they played well. Monday night, the Cavs committed 19 turnovers.

According to numerous reports, J.R. Smith suffered a left hamstring injury in the second quarter and wasn't able to put any weight on the leg.

So far, there is absolutely no reason to believe the team that spent the final two months of the regular season assuring everyone it would flip a switch and begin playing defense once the playoffs began has that capability, particularly near the level necessary to win another title.

"That's what we need from Shump", Lue said.

"He had that mindset, came in and executed, and it's hard to come off the bench right after halftime. We needed that spark".

"That being said, this was our first season to get a look at that and see how it feels. We've got to be better the next game". He made some big plays for us and that's a step in the right direction of being a consummate professional, especially being on a team like this.

James is already fourth in career playoff minutes played, just behind legends Tim Duncan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Kobe Bryant. In Game 2, they had a 112.0 defensive rating, which is better, but also would have been the worst in the league over the course of the season. Absolutely, if the Pacers will have to win Game 2, George will have to take more shots. George has made at least one 3-pointer in 19 consecutive playoff games. The Pacers explored trading George at the trade deadline amid rumors that he will likely leave as a free agent in 2018 if the Pacers aren't close to title contention.

Irving's seminal moment came at the end of the third quarter.

Maybe if Cleveland actually stands by the #DefendTheLand slogan, James wouldn't have to play almost the entire game.