Kyrie Irving scores 37, Cavaliers hold on to beat Pacers 117-111

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19 April, 2017

"We're right there of what we know we can become", James said. The big man averaged 14.5 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game in the regular season.

George has starred early this postseason, and led his team in points, rebounds, and assists on Tuesday night. That surge gave Cleveland its largest lead of 19, 89-70.

The Cavs hold a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series heading to in for Game 3 on Thursday night.

"You know they're going to go on runs", C.J. Miles said.

"Whether it got called or not, I felt like I was setting a tone", Love said. IN isn't full of scrubs, but they're not comparable to Boston or Washington, let alone Golden State or San Antonio. "With that comes a lot of responsibility, having to play and compete hard every single night".

"We've got to hold back", Lue told reporters after getting handled at home by the Washington Wizards in late March. Miles, who was 1-for-2 from the floor in the third, said the Pacers simply have to make plays down the stretch, and make some shots."We've got to take advantage of the spacing", Miles said.

CLEVELAND - After another excruciating loss in which the Indiana Pacers almost came all the way back from a late double-digit deficit before succumbing to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Paul George had blunt criticism for more of his teammates. The terrible performance at the charity stripe in Game 1 was the complete opposite in Game 2.

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Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith is hopeful of a quick return from a hamstring injury which restricted him in his team's win over the Indiana Pacers.

The Cavaliers raised doubts at the end of the regular season, going just 12-15 after the All-Star break and losing the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference to the Boston Celtics. Iman Shumpert, who sat out the opener, replaced Smith and played 20 solid minutes.

Power forward Thaddeus Young can't play 48 minutes. "Our guy was right on top of that, everybody came out okay, which was the main thing". "We just need Shump to stay focused and understand the task at hand and I think he did a good job of that tonight". From there, it looked like Cleveland was bound to finish the game off, but the Pacers would eventually make a late rally. After the game, Paul George was asked about it, and said Stephenson needs to channel those emotions. A player who has historically been criticized for offensive passivity could find use, during a must-win game, in cultivating an air of aggression. "But we're right there on turning the switch on what we really can become". "We know we've got an opportunity to clamp down and make baskets and get ourselves back in the game". He also passed Magic Johnson (358 steals) for third place in playoff steals. Bad shots. It means nothing to LeBron James.

NOTES: Cavs F LeBron James totaled 32 points and 13 assists in Game 1. It marked the 3rd time in his playoff career that Love tallied at least 25 points and 10 rebounds in a postseason game.

Entering the third quarter, IN did not look like a team that was ready to compete. Monta Ellis and Jeff Teague have played 44 minutes together across Games 1 and 2, and have a minus-9.8 net rating in those minutes.

This time it was Lance Stephenson, who suffered mightily on the defensive end when coach Nate McMillan matched him up with Kevin Love.


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