Irving leads Cavs in National Basketball Association win over Pacers
- Author: Loretta Pittman Apr 19, 2017,
Apr 19, 2017, 1:46
Bad shots. It means nothing to LeBron James.
The Pacers now trail the Cavaliers 2-0 in the first round of the playoffs.
Kyrie Irving scored 37 points, Kevin Love added 27, James had 25 and the Cavaliers avoided another fourth-quarter collapse in Game 2, beating in 117-111 in Cleveland on Monday night to take a 2-0 lead in the series. His first points didn't come until after the halfway point of the third quarter. While for now the Cavs can just sub in the big three and be fine, they must find different lineups that utilize the strengths of each member of the big three without them all being on the court at the same time.
"We were trying to cool off Kyrie", the coach said. "We'll figure it out".
"I'd rather have an 18-point lead than not have a lead at all", James said after Monday's 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 where we have so many pieces on this team, but everyone has to stay ready".
The Pacers are averaging over 50 percent from the field and have lost both games by a combined seven points. Cleveland is 12-0 when starting 2-0 in the postseason.
"To have J.R. go out like that, come out at halftime, it was a big switch", said Irving, who has a conversation with Shumpert before the second half.
Maybe George was thinking about the heartbreaking finish to Game 1 on Saturday, when, after the Pacers pulled within a point of the Cavs, C.J. Miles clanked a mid-range jumper and Cleveland escaped with a victory.
There is a significant difference in reputation between the two teams, as the Cleveland Cavaliers are generally seen as the league's powerhouse and the Indiana Pacers barely made the playoffs, but the second and the seventh seed were separated by only 10 wins. ESPN notes that at one point in the third quarter, Stephenson slammed the ball on the floor after the play was over.
"I thought we lost our composure and got frantic out there", McMillan said of his team's third-quarter meltdown.
While it may look like the champs have finally clamped down on IN after leading 96-78 after the third quarter, it was simply the by-product of an exceptional offense by their "Big 3" of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love.
A late surge from beyond the three-point arc staked the Cavaliers out a 32-29 lead over the Pacers after the first quarter of Game 2.
"We've got to hold back", Lue told reporters after getting handled at home by the Washington Wizards in late March. They did the little things to put themselves in a position to win and entered every battle with Miami, from 2012 on, with the very real intention of beating the Heat.
The Warriors were confident they would repeat when they took a 3-1 Finals lead back to Oakland for Game 5. It was the 13th playoff game in which he collected at least 30 points and 10 assists.
Love hit a pair of shots and all six of his free-throw attempts over a two-minute stretch that helped the Cavaliers balloon the lead to 19, 89-70.
Leonard attempted more free throws than Memphis had as a team, which infuriated Fizdale. "They're killing us in the one on one play".
"I wanted to play". That's unacceptable. That's unprofessional.
"Uh, cuz we're playing some really, really good basketball", James responded. Conley, Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph accounted for 21 points.
Gasol buried the shot and it killed off the Grizzlies' run. His number wasn't called in Game 1. Leonard made sure of that. Within the first minute and 27 seconds of the game, Cleveland coughed up the ball three times. Clippers guard Jamal Crawford is at.378 after going 4 for 12 in Game 1.