After one half of play at Quicken Loans Arena during Game 2 of the Pacers’ first-round series with the Cavaliers, Cleveland leads Indiana 63-58.
Just as he has been for much of the past month, Paul George was dialed in offensively, leading the Pacers with a game-high 18 points.
But Cleveland’s trio of scorers had an answer for George, combining to rack up 37 of the Cavaliers’ 63 first-half points.
The Pacers started off the night on a tear offensively, with George slamming home the first bucket of the night and nailing two 3-pointers to put Indiana up 9-4.
From there, however, the Cavs swung back, embarking on a 10-2 run which put Cleveland up 14-11.
Even after a 3-pointer from J.R. Smith put the Cavaliers up 19-16, Indiana came right back with a 3-pointer of its own, this time from the hands of point guard Jeff Teague, tying the game at 19 all.
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But with three minutes left in the opening quarter, an errant Pacers pass was collected by LeBron James, who ran the length of the court and threw down a thundering dunk, sending Quicken Loans Arena into a deafening roar and forcing head coach Nate McMillan to spend a timeout.
Out of the break, with reserves Lance Stephenson and Glenn Robinson III inserted in the game, Indiana used a quick 6-0 burst to regain control of the lead with a 27-24 advantage.
That lead wouldn’t hold for long, as Kevin Love and Deron Williams connected on back-to-back 3-pointers for a 6-0 run of their own.
When the buzzer sounded to end the first quarter, Cleveland led Indiana 32-29.
When the second quarter opened, the Pacers were unable to contain James on either end, with the Cavaliers opening the frame on an 8-0 tear, six of which were from James. The onslaught put the Pacers down 40-29, their largest deficit of the night at that point, as McMillan called timeout with 8:40 left in the half to regroup his team.
Indiana responded out of the timeout, getting three straight buckets from Stephenson to help get its deficit back to single digits.
The Cavaliers responded to Indiana’s run much like it did for the half as a whole: a barrage of 3-pointers. Cleveland hit 9-of-16 3-point attempts in the first half, including back-breakers from Williams and Love in the second quarter to push the Cavaliers lead back to double-digits.
After falling behind by 10, Indiana closed the half out strong, using a 5-0 run capped by a free throw from Robinson III.
After two games in Cleveland, the Pacers return to Indiana for Games 3 and 4 on Thursday, April 20 and Sunday, April 23. Find tickets at Pacers.com/Playoffs »
TV: TNT – Marv Albert (play-by-play), Brent Barry (analyst), Kristen Ledlow (sideline reporter)
Radio: 107.5 FM/AM 1070 The Fan – Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Austin Croshere (analyst), Pat Boylan (studio host)
Please Note: For the remainder of the season, all Pacers radio broadcasts can be heard on FM 107.5 as well as AM 1070 The Fan.
Postgame Show on FOX Sports Indiana
At the conclusion of Monday’s game, be sure to switch over to FOX Sports Indiana for a one-hour Pacers postgame show. Chris Denari and Eddie Gill will anchor the coverage from Bankers Life Fieldhouse, while Jeremiah Johnson will bring you locker room interviews and more from Cleveland.
Away Game Night Special
Primary Logo T-Shirt – $12. Game Night Specials can be purchased online the day of each away game from 10:00 AM – Midnight. Order Online »
Home Court Gift Shop Game Night Special
Fan Appreciation Night: 50% – 75% Off Select items. Game Night Specials can be purchased in the Home Court Gift Shop or any of our souvenir stands located on all levels of Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The special is also available online at PacersGear.com until midnight.
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