INDIANPOLIS — It was a comeback for the ages.
The Cleveland Cavaliers overcame a 26-point deficit to defeat the Indiana Pacers, 119-111, taking a commanding 3-0 series lead within the first spherical of the NBA Playoffs. . Following Thursday’s meltdown, a bought out Bankers Life Fieldhouse crowd left with empty hearts after LeBron James placed on an absolute present, ending with 41 factors, 13 rebounds and 12 assists.
“The one thing I knew was we had a huge halftime deficit and came back to win the game,” mentioned James who surpassed Kobe Bryant for third in all-time NBA Playoffs scoring. “I didn’t know it was the biggest halftime comeback. For myself? I just try to put myself in a position to help my teammates win. No matter who’s on the floor with me, I try to empower them and make them better and believe we can be great every night.”
The Pacers scored a franchise-best 74 factors within the first half, whereas capturing 56.eight p.c from the sphere. However, the second half was a a lot completely different story.
“Here we are up 25 to start the second half and we have a chance to put our foot on their throat,” Paul George mentioned. “We came out relaxed and didn’t pressure up on the ball. We didn’t make anything tough.”
George, who didn’t rating his first factors till three:00 left within the first quarter, practically completed with a triple double of his personal with 36 factors, 15 rebounds and 9 assists.
The Pacers look to keep away from its first-ever seven-game playoff sweep in its NBA historical past after they host the Cavs for Game four at 1 p.m. Sunday.