IN took control from the outset, opening a 21-point lead in the first quarter and pushing it to 23 in the third.
James finished with 24 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds, but the Cavaliers as a whole struggled with their shooting touch throughout the game, especially when it came to 3-pointers.
LeBron James' 21-game winning streak in Round 1 ends today as the Cavaliers lose their first game in the NBA Playoffs 2018. "I think next game we'll be relaxed, we'll come out and we'll play a lot better". While the Cavaliers will undoubtedly play better in Game 2, the fact remains that the Pacers have had their number this season.
The Cavs coughed up 20 points off 17 turnovers and was 8-of-34 from 3-point range.
Still, LeBron James isn't anxious.
Although there was an emotional lift for the Cavaliers from George Hill's thunderous one-handed dunk on the fast break in the game's early moments, the Pacers quickly stemmed the tide and turned that negative into a positive.More news: Mariah Carey facing lawsuit from ex-manager
We already knew, but the loss was a sledgehammer between the eyes about how much the Cavaliers will miss Kyrie Irving in the playoffs. "We just have to stay under control, don't let this get to our head and take the next game as our first game".
The Cavaliers cut Indiana's lead to just eight points entering the fourth quarter, but the Pacers started the game with more fire, and ended it that way too, outscoring the Cavs 25-15 in the fourth quarter. Just when it looked like LeBron and the Pacers were ready to play out an old familiar script, IN stepped on the gas and turned things into a blowout. "They hit us first and we didn't recover". While Turner felt the Pacers "did a pretty good job" with their transition defense, he noted that some lapses in communication resulted in open looks for Cleveland's shooters. For us, it's about going out and giving all we have playing the game the right way, playing the game together.
"We expected them to come out and establish themselves in last night's game", McMillan said.
With his seventh field goal of the night James passed Michael Jordan for the most postseason field goals in league history, and now resides in second place with 2,189 scores in the playoffs.
McMillan, it should be noted, never presented Gilbert's comments to the Pacers to try to hype them up for the series, but he acknowledged the impact they might have had as they found their way back to his team on their own. Sooner than later, we are going to find out. James did not record a point until making a free throw with 1:52 remaining in the first quarter, as he did his best to get his teammates going on the offensive end.
The "Lance vs. LeBron" storyline is an old favorite for both the local and national media.
Oladipo did his part, scoring 32 points, grabbing 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals in the victory on Sunday. I also think that coach Tyronn Lue will limit the amount of playing time that Jeff Green gets and increase the minutes of Tristan Thompson.