Pacers, Cavs Matchup Shifts To Indiana

LeBron James notches 20th playoff 40-point game in win

The situation was dire, requiring playoff dominance.

The Cleveland Cavaliers ace starred as his side pulled the first-round playoff series against Indiana Pacers level on Wednesday. Oladipo battled through some early foul trouble in Game 2 and then ended up with a team-high 22 points on 9-of-18 shooting while adding six assists.

While James played like the best player in the world (which he still is at age 33), we wonder whether too many people are making this series too much about Cleveland and not enough about Indiana. I was able to hit another one. "They're a really, really good team, so it just sets up for Game 3, it's just the next game".

"I played my game", he said.

Including Playoff games, the King has now posted a double-double in his last 11 meetings against in (including four triple-doubles) - averaging 32.5 points on 56 percent shooting to go with 9.9 rebounds, 9.5 assists, 2.45 steals and 1.36 blocks over that stretch. They came out just as hot as LeBron James in Game 2 however, helping the Cavs to a 100-97 victory. "If I had that look again, I would take it every time".

Cleveland is 10-5 ATS in its past 15 games. Kevin Love has shot horribly over two games.

As long as James is OK, the Cavs will always have a chance.

That Cavs team won a franchise-record 66 games and was the No. 1 overall seed. It will be interesting to see how this unfolds for two games in Indiana. "I can't wait to get in front of the Indy fans".

For LeBron James, this was his first loss in the opening round in 21 first-round games, last losing as a member of the Miami Heat. The Cavs completely dominated the Pacers in the first half, with James scoring the team's first 16 points and having 29 points at halftime.

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"We have to do a better job of containing him, which is easier said than done". When we mark them ascendant, it means they've been that way for a while. He kept getting what he wanted. Kevin Love and Kyle Korver played decently, and J.R. Smith defended with vigor, but that was it. Despite James' efforts, the best player on the court was Pacers guard Victor Oladipo.

The Pacers rank 12th in points in the paint per game (44.8) while the Cavaliers rank 20th in points allowed in the paint per game (47.0).

Korver was limited to just four minutes in the opener because he was sick and had lingering soreness in his foot.

IN is 3-2 ATS with 4 unders and 1 over over their last five games.

Fox Sports" Colin Cowherd claimed that the three-time National Basketball Association champion does not want to commit his future with the Cavs because "he knows this roster is junk'. "We punched them, they punched us".

Pacers: Shot 6 of 22 on 3-pointers.

Darren Collison said the key to a Game 3 win, and most games against the Cavaliers, is to limiting LeBron James.

Cavaliers: Improved to 40-0 when leading after three quarters.

The supporting cast needs to rally or face a dubious distinction of being the weakest in James' 13 career playoff runs. Lue refused to reveal his lineup changes two hours before tip, saying by doing so he would give the Pacers - or any team in the postseason - and advantage.

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