LeBron James said he felt like "a kid" again after hitting a game-winning three-pointer to give the Cleveland Cavaliers a 3-2 lead in their first round series against the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night.
With the tie level at two wins apiece and the fifth game locked at 95 points each IN had possession of the ball and looked IN firm command to take a 3-2 series lead. James has done it to the Pacers three times. It didn't matter that James had to score almost half of Cleveland's points himself for this to be any sort of a competitive game. Luckily, James' efficiency and them going 26-of-27 from the free-throw stripe saved them in this one, along with their defense. He scored 32 in the Pacers' Game 1 win, but the Cavs have been double-teaming him ever since. And by play, we mean just give James the ball and see what happens. "That third quarter got us back in the game". He went from shooting over 50% in both Game 1 and 2 to a combined percentage of just 24% in the Pacers last three games. The Pacers can point to plenty of other reasons they lost besides the referees.
"Give him credit where credit is due", Oladipo said.
We did get a Lance Stephenson 3-pointer to end the quarter and sort-of-stop the bleeding (God bless him), but down 8 points, the Pacers were going to need to show some stones to get another win in Cleveland. "We've got one more opportunity".
"In that first half, we missed a lot of assignments", Lue said.
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I haven't seen my kids in three months and I am excited to see them". "I want to thank everyone out there for their support". But confusion started when later "official" times confirmed a time 11 seconds slower.
No, really. There is actual commentary and discussion about a missed call - one that robbed IN of two points with the score tied at 95 - being irrelevant. Somehow, the Cavs won a game with Kevin Love (2-of-11) and JR Smith (0-of-8) not being able to hit the side of a barn.
"I now fully understand why whispers about the Philadelphia 76ers and their growing behind-the-scenes confidence that they can woo LeBron to Philly this summer are getting louder". If they lose to the Cavs on their home court for the second time in the series, the Cavaliers will advance to the second round and the Pacers will begin making vacation plans.
The only team in the National Basketball Association to avoid a three-game losing streak this season, the Raptors went 5-0 following back-to-back losses during the regular season, and have not lost three straight since last year's second-round sweep against Cleveland.
Oladipo struggled offensively once again, scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. Olapido made just 2 of 15 field-goal attempts while contributing 12 points and 12 rebounds.