LeBron James does not let his guard down, but this time he had 2 stars at his side. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love were rebound in playoffs to give an extra boost to the Cleveland Cavaliers, who beat Indiana Pacers 117-111 to get 2-0 in the series.
The big three of the Cavaliers totaled 89 points in a great performance. In Indiana, Paul George was again the undisputed leader.
Cavaliers 117 Pacers 111 (2-0)
Cleveland broke the game in the third quarter by finally taking on defensive work. The first half had finished 63-58. It had been a first half with no defensive commitment on both sides and in which J.R. Smith suffered a muscle injury that prevented him from playing after the break.
It was in the third quarter when Cavs acquired the defensive commitment necessary to maniatar the rival. It was joined by a good offensive streak of Kevin Love, which led to the locals finishing the third quarter 18 points up (96-78). Everything was practically closed.
However, closing the game was only a half-truth, as local relaxation caused a small scare when Indiana came close to 4 points (113-109) with 20 seconds left.
Victory worked Cavaliers with 89 points from his stellar trio, which was everything. Almost nothing moved beyond the well-known big three of Tyronn Lue.
Great offensive work of Kyrie Irving with 37 points in 34 minutes and a 14 of 24 on the field goal. Kevin Love’s almost infallible night, which made an 18 out of 19 on all the shots he threw! He finished Love with 27 points, 11 rebounds, 6 of 7 in the field and 12 of 12 in free.
Meanwhile, LeBron James was very complete, although he had to lose 8 balls. The losses were a problem for the local team, but did not pass to majors. LeBron finished with 25 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists, 4 caps and 4 steals, being the most complete player of the match. He also got 55% of his shots.
The rest of Cleveland barely made it. To emphasize, yes, the rebounding and defensive role of Tristan Thompson and the 3 triples scored by Deron Williams.
Indiana had Paul George on 32 points, good rebound and assists, and Jeff Teague with 23 points, although the base finished with a damaged right wrist. In addition, 16 points of Thaddeus Young and another good match of Lance Stephenson. The one that was very muted was the young Myles Turner, well held by Tristan Thompson.