The Cleveland Cavaliers get a much need win in game 2 by defeating the Indiana Pacers 100-97. The Cavs made changes to their starting lineup inserting JR Smith and Kyle Korver and still did not play a great overall team game but still came up with the win. LeBron James was the ultimate difference maker from beginning to end. The 3x Champion and Finals MVP showed why the playoffs are something you have to be built for and not many players rise to the challenge like King James.
James knew the Cavaliers could go to Indiana down 0-2 so he came out and dominated the Pacers from start to finish putting up 29 points in the first half and ultimately finishing with 46 points (17-24), 12 rebounds, and 5 assist. He came out aggressive after not attempting a shot in the first 10 minutes of Game 1 and he put his team on his back and he made sure to bring this one home. He got some contributions from Kevin Love who was the second leading scorer with 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Love may have injured his left hand (non shooting) towards the end of the game so the Cavs will monitor that for Game 3. Kyle Korver who has been playing with a heavy heart with the passing of his younger brother started the game and hit half of his three point attempts (4-8) finishing with 12 points.
The Pacers who jumped all over the Cavs in the first quarter of Game 1 fell behind 33-18 in this one but worked their way back into it getting within three points, but was never able to breakthrough. The best player on the floor in Game 1 Victor Oladipo got in foul trouble earlier committing three fouls in the first half and may have led to his passiveness. He was still able to lead the Pacers in scoring with 22 points on 9-18 shooting and 6 assist. His backcourt teammate Darren Collison played well hitting a huge three in the fourth and taking a charge on Cavs guard George Hill which gave the Pacers the ball back and a chance to cut the Cavs lead to one score. He finished with 16 points and dished out 6 assist. Center Myles Turner also contributed 18 points.
They weathered the storm the Cavs threw their way and ultimately had a chance late to win the game but LeBron James was able to close the deal knocking down his free throws. They now will get a chance to play in front of their home crowd and take a 2-1 series lead on Friday.
Game 3: Friday 4/20 4:00 PT
What Too Watch For: Will Pacers get back to what helped them win Game 1?
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