Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Sunday's National Basketball Association roundup: Pacers get the jump on Cavaliers

Sunday's National Basketball Association roundup: Pacers get the jump on Cavaliers

The Indiana Pacers stunned the basketball world by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers in convincing fashion 98-80 on Sunday afternoon. There wasn't much to talk about offensively for the Cavaliers in the contest: LeBron James continued his solid play as he posted a triple-double with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists. Cleveland was just 8-of-34 on 3-pointers, including 1-of-9 in the fourth quarter. It was also the first time James suffered a playoff-opening loss in his career.

Meanwhile, James Harden scored 44 points on 15-of-26 shooting with eight assists to help the Rockets escape game one with a 104-101 win over the Timberwolves. "We came into this game with a mentality that we wanted to attack on both ends of the floor and play the way we've been playing all year, and we did a great job of that".

The Cavs are hoping that's the case, and when they step on the court Wednesday night for Game 2 they'll already have something they didn't have Sunday - a playoff game under their belts. That was a big change for them: remember, last season in Game 3 of their series with Cleveland, they blew a 26 point lead and lost by five. Just making them do stuff that they're normally not used to doing. We can't just take Game 1 and say we don't have to (make) any improvements.

IN was in control from the outset, opening a 21-point lead in the first quarter and leading by 23 in the third.

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The Pacers set the tone early on in the game, ending the first quarter with a 33-14 lead. If anyone thought his regular season was a mirage that would dissolve once the playoffs started, they're sorely mistaken.

During their run, the Pacers got a three-pointer from guard Victor Oladipo, a free throw and 19-foot jumper from forward/center Myles Turner and driving layup from Darren Collison ahead of the consecutive three-point plays.

After dropping a game-high 32 points, Victor Oladipo said he had a little extra motivation, explaining that Cavs owner Dan Gilbert's comments about the offseason trade that sent Paul George to Oklahoma City in exchange for Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis had added some fire to his game. IN was swept by Cleveland in last year's opening round. Maybe it shows them some obvious adjustments to make moving forward. The Pacers are 4-18 wheb losing Game 1.

"So today was definitely a good test for some of our younger guys, and like I said, they'll be a lot better, especially in Game 2". You obviously have take the good with the bad when it comes to Lance but at least the Pacers know he isn't going to just disappear in this series. The media might have a field day with this and try to act like the Pacers will win, but they don't realize that one team has LeBron and the other one doesn't. "I'm just glad we got this first win". We tried to contain him as best we could. The Warriors' depth and star power should help them overcome Curry's absence in this series, but the defending champions will need their star point guard by the time Houston come calling. He stood shoulder-to-shoulder with James, before rising up right in Jeff Green's face.

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