Pacers stun LeBron's Cavs in NBA Playoffs

Ross Houston
April 17, 2018

Will be updated. With AP Photos. However, the Game 1 loss snapped LeBron's 21-game win streak in the first round of the playoffs. "That first quarter set the tone".

James scored 24 with 12 assists and 10 rebounds for his 20th career triple-double in the post-season.

The Cleveland Cavaliers got their playoff campaign off to a shaky start against the Indiana Pacers, losing Game 1, 98-80, marking the first time LeBron James had lost a first round game since 2012. Jose Calderon, 0-of-3."We just can't shoot as tight", said Hood, who was 4-of-8.

It's a fairly safe bet that Game 2 won't be as ugly offensively as the opener was for Cleveland. The Cavaliers are clearly going to have to get more from guys like Rodney Hood, George Hill, Love, Jeff Green and company to square the series.

The 14-time All Star, seeking his fourth championship title, had also never before lost Game 1 of a first-round series.


The 33-year-old is trying to get to his eighth straight Finals.

Game 2 is on Wednesday night at the Quicken Loans Arena with tip-off scheduled for 12am BST. IN was swept by Cleveland in last year's opening round. Those Pacers, though, didn't have Oladipo or the balance of this Indy squad, which may lack experience but not confidence. He also didn't record his first shot until there was about two minutes remaining in the opening quarter.

The Pacers took the fight to the Cavs. His energy has driven this Pacers team all season long, keeping them engaged on defense, and fueling their transition attack.

LeBron James had a performance to remember on a night to forget when the Cleveland Cavaliers played the Indiana Pacers on Sunday. Usually in playoffs, those teams win", coach Tyronn Lue said."They were more aggressive".

The Pacers drove him into a darker place. The starters will be motivated and will have great games the next time they play the Pacers.


Due to injuries and the late acquisitions at the trade deadline, the starting five the Cavs put on the floor Sunday had only spent a handful of possessions together during the regular season.

"I think they're going to try to use what we did to them against us", Stephenson said. It came up recently, obviously, because we're playing the Cavs in the series.

IN had taken three of four regular-season games and finished 48-34, earning the fifth seed in the East. Many assumed LeBron would find his second-gear and tear through the early rounds of the playoffs per usual. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (2,356) tops the list.

Oladipo was the once again the catalyst in his first true playoff game as the lead dog. Kyle Korver was 0-of-3. Screened in the United States of America and officially licensed by the National Basketball Players Inc., this shirt is an absolute must-have for any Indiana Pacers fan. Over the remainder of the period, they managed to chip away at that lead by preventing the Pacers from hitting any of their field-goal attempts for a seven-minute span.


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