Indiana Pacers end LeBron James' NBA play-offs streak

Jose Verdugo
Abril 17, 2018

The Cavaliers continued their push in the early stages of the final period, with James' layup with 10:29 to go in the game making it a seven-point contest at 76-69.

Victor Oladipo scored a game-high 32 points while Myles Turner added 16 points and 8 rebounds as IN jumped out to a 32-14 lead IN the first quarter and were hardly challenged outside of a 27-point third quarter by Cleveland.

Meeting with reporters after the emphatic victory, Oladipo in a quiet, measured voice said he wasn't surprised at how the game unfolded.

"The defense was okay, but offensively, we didn't make shots and we didn't take shots", Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue said after the game. "I think next game we'll be relaxed, we'll come out and we'll play a lot better". "But if we play with pace, we'll take away that physicality".

"I think they're going to try to use what we did to them against us", Stephenson said. But perhaps some comments from Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert has given him some extra motivation in this series. This isn't the regular season. Pacers won the game 98-80 to take a 1-0 series lead.

"But that was so long ago". His streak of 21 straight first-round playoff wins has come to an abrupt (and somewhat unexpected) end. "Can't control his opinion". "All I'm focused on is myself and becoming the best Victor Oladipo possible". But I haven't used that type of information as bulletin board material.

LeBron was involved in the most famous comeback in National Basketball Association history as he played a huge role in helping the Cavs overcome a 3-1 deficit to win the 2016 championship against the Golden State Warriors. "I was down 3-1 in the Finals". The Cavs finished 50-32 to secure the fourth seed. The Cavs got within seven in the fourth, but Oladipo, once a role player who has blossomed into an All-Star in his first season with in, hit a big 3-pointer and Bojan Bogdanovic helped put Cleveland away with a 3 to make it 88-71. The Cavs managed just 30 field goals and 38.5 percent from the field. "They hit us first and we didn't recover".

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"We've been down a lot, a lot of injuries, and we've always found a way", Horford said. Everybody sees us. It's kind of shocking to everybody. "They're gonna come out ready on both ends of the floor, but so are we".

The Pacers are feeling confident after beating the Cavs for the fourth time this season. Green's minus-15 in his 27 minutes was the worst on the team, as he contributed almost nothing in the humiliating Game 1 loss.

"I already had fuel", Oladipo told USA Today.

Antetokounmpo made one of two foul shots with 14.8 seconds left, but he fouled out of the game while going for the rebound on his miss. "Right now, I'm focused on Game 2". Tipoff is 7 p.m.

According to LeBron, it was a rude awakening for some of his teammates getting their first taste of competing in the playoffs on a championship-contending team.

"We had some good looks that we wanted and that just didn't fall". "We continued to stay focused, and we understood they're gonna make runs". We planning on winning.

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