Photo By: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)
The Cleveland Cavaliers win Game 5 at the Quicken Loana arena 98-95 behind LeBron James game-winning three. The Cavs had to use every second and every minute LeBron was on the floor to get this victory. They were down seven at the half 56-49 and started the third on a 11-0 run to take a 60-56 lead. This game was back and forth in the second half and the Pacers had a chance at a go ahead basket with three seconds remaining with the ball in their best player Victor Oladipo’s hands and it was blocked by LeBron James at the basket. The block will be under scrutiny the next few days as some believe the block ultimately was goaltending when watched in slow motion.
Photo By: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
James was fantastic having himself another double-double with a game high 44 points and 10 rebounds and 8 assist. The dominance from James has been on display all series and the Cavs needed all of it in this one and he knew it. He got shooting contributions from Kyle Korver who was second in scoring with 19 points of 5-9 from three. He helped space the floor for LeBron to give him the lanes to get to the basket. James fellow All-Star Kevin Love didn’t have the scoring impact with only 11 points on 2-11 shooting but did pull down 10 rebounds. Starting shooting guard JR Smith who played 33 minitues did a good job defending Pacers All-Star Victor Oladipo all game but did not score.
The Cavs held the Pacers to 6-20 from three (30%) running them off the three all night. They also shot 26-27 from the free throw line with James going 15-15.
The Pacers who put together a solid first half were not able to contain James or get the ball out of his hands and did not get a great game from their All-Star Oladipo still had an opportunity late to win this game. That is a positive thing for the Pacers going back to Bankers Life Fieldhouse that they know it’s going to have to take heroics from the best in the world to beat them.
Photo By: David Richard/USA Today
They were led by Domantas Sabonis 22 points off the bench in 33 minutes. Thaddeus Young chipped in with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Victor Oladipo had a subpar 12 points on just 2-15 shooting but did have a game high 12 rebounds. The Pacers are going to head back to Indianapolis facing elimination and their All-Star Oladipo must assert himself on both ends if they’re going to get back to Cleveland for a Game 7.
Game 6: Friday 4/27
What To Watch For: Will Pacers get the Game 1 Oladipo?
Follow us on all our great Social Media Channels!