The LeBron James-Paul George matchup is the heavyweight main event and it definitely didn’t disappoint in Game 1. The two top small forwards in the Conference and, in George, one of LeBron’s few physical peers, each player led their respective squad on Saturday.
LeBron notched 12 of his game-high 32 points in the third quarter – going 5-of-7 from the floor in the period and 12-of-20 on the game, leading both teams with 13 assists to go with six boards and three steals. Saturday marked James’ 200th career Playoff game, his 88th double-double in the postseason and the 13th time he’s tallied at least 30 points and 10 assists.
Paul George raised some eyebrows after Saturday’s contest, asserting that C.J. Miles should’ve ceded the potential game-winner to him.
And as deadly as Miles has been against the Cavaliers, it’s hard to argue with George – who followed up his 43-point masterpiece in the Pacers’ double-overtime loss on April 2 with a 29-point gem in Game 1, going 9-of-19 from the floor, including 6-of-8 from long-range, to go with a team-best seven assists, five boards and a steal.