The entire IN team only had 42.
James played 45 minutes and finished with a game-high 33 points and 10 rebounds as he carried to Cavaliers into the next season with a 106-102 win.
Boston have won their second road game in a row in Chicago to tie their first-round playoff series at two-all, with Isaiah Thomas scoring 33 points for the Celtics.
His last first-round National Basketball Association playoffs loss came in May 2012, with James playing for the Heat against the Knicks. Last season ended up being more than an appearance for the Cavaliers team.
In the third quarter, the Cavaliers calmly pulled out to an 11 point lead, with 4:46 remaining.
Coach Tyronn Lue thought the Cavaliers’ defense made progress in Game 2 Monday night, even though the Pacers’ shooting percentage didn’t reflect it. He has said he wants to win with the Pacers, but how close are the Pacers to competing for an Eastern Conference championship?
In the history of major American sports, only four National Hockey League teams have come back from a 0-3 deficit, one MLB team accomplished the feat and not one NBA team has done it. Ultimately, this is who I’m always going to have to see and face but, again, came up short. “If I’m on the floor and I’m hurting us, not giving quality minutes, then I need to come out”.
So they have George, soon to be 27, and Turner, soon to be 22 – players whose peaks are unlikely to ever coincide – and a good-but-not-great roster that’s unlikely to make any leaps in the coming years. “He understands how important the rest is, waiting on the next series”. Cleveland could have a week of rest before the victor is determined.
“It’s really frustrating to continue losing to the same team or the same person”, George said of James, whose Heat and Cavs teams have eliminated the Pacers three of the past five seasons.
Not only has he had Kyle Korver and J.R. Smith launching threes by his side, combining for 12 treys in the four games, he’s has Channing Frye and Kevin Love stretching the floor from the inside-out, knocking in 16 threes for the series.
But James, whose teams were 51-0 when starting the fourth quarter with double-digit leads in the postseason, made sure the ideal record remained intact.
But I also know the first round is over.
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Throughout the series, the Cavs showed their playoff grit is incomparable to the inconsistent toughness that they played with throughout the regular season. Rebuilding can be a long and grueling process, and the Sixers have gone through the motions extensively over the last several years.
“Our bench definitely got the game ball tonight”.
We all know Lance Stephenson and LeBron James have history. For one, they, of course, would be open to bringing on Paul George. Williams, who had 12 points and two assists in the second period off the Cleveland bench, then knocked down his second 3 for a 35-29 lead.