Oladipo, Pacers Head Back to Cleveland....Game 7

The Indiana Pacers with their backs against the wall in a win or go home Game 6 in their arena blew out the Cleveland Cavaliers 121-87. The Pacers jumped all over the Cavs and made a statement from the tip. They went into half time with a 56-46 lead and never looked back using a huge third quarter 35-20 to really separate themselves.

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Photo By: Matt Kryger/IndyStar 

They got the Victor Oladipo they got in games 1 & 2 and the All-Star was by far the best player on the floor with his first career playoff triple-double with 28 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assist. He controlled the game and played loose and fast and didn’t seem there was much the Cavs were able to do about it. He made 6-8 from three after being just 4-15 in games 4 & 5. He led the game in all three major stat categories and showed why the Pacers didn’t make a mistake by giving up their former All-Star Paul George.

Pacers got contributions from almost everyone who played significant minutes. They had all five starters in double-figures. Domantas Sabonis was second in scoring off the bench with 19 points and 6 rebounds and has played very well for coach Nate McMillan when he’s called his number. Oladipo’s back court mate Darren Collison had 15 points on the 3-4 from three. Lance Stephenson also chipped in with 12 points and 6 assist off the bench.

The Pacers were a plus 11 on the glass (44-33) and a plus 11 in assist (27-16). The Pacers starters outscored the Cavs 75-44. They dominated in all phases of this game and it showed.

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Photo By: Matt Kryger/IndyStar

LeBron James who had a gash above his left eye from a shot to the face was held to a series low 22 points. They made things tough for LeBron and would not let the others get into a rhythm. No other starter scored in double figures. The other four starters had 22 points combined. Jeff Green and Rodney Hood two reserves were the only others in double-figures: Green (13) and Hood (12).

The Cavs lost every quarter in this game so they never made it close. They now have to travel back to the Quicken Loans in Cleveland for a Game 7. The Cavs know they have all the pressure on them for two reasons: 1. They were the favorites to begin the series and 2. And most importantly they have the best player in the world on his home floor. So the Pacers know all the pressure in on LeBron and the Cavs so they are playing with house money.

Game 7: Sunday 4/29

What To Watch For: Will LeBron have to be heroic once again..or will his teammates produce?

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