Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James celebrates a basket against the Indiana Pacers during the second half of Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Indianapolis. The Cavaliers defeated the Pacers 119-114. AP PHOTO

Cleveland Cavaliers ahead LeBron James celebrates a basket towards the Indiana Pacers throughout the second half of Game three of a first-round NBA basketball playoff collection, Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Indianapolis. The Cavaliers defeated the Pacers 119-114. AP PHOTO

INDIANAPOLIS— LeBron James completed with 41 factors, 13 rebounds and 12 assists because the Cleveland Cavaliers set an NBA postseason document by erasing a 25-point halftime deficit to beat the Indiana Pacers 119-114 on Thursday evening (Friday, Manila).

James handed Kobe Bryant for No. three on the NBA’s profession playoff scoring listing and tied one other NBA document by profitable his 20th consecutive first-round sport.

The Cavaliers, main 3-0, will strive to sweep the collection Sunday (Monday, Manila).

The unbelievable rally ruined Paul George’s large evening. He had 36 factors, a playoff career-high 15 rebounds and 9 assists.

Cleveland trailed by 26 within the first half and was nonetheless down 74-49 at halftime. The largest halftime deficit overcome to win a playoff sport had been 21 factors by Baltimore towards Philadelphia in 1948.

James scored 13 factors within the third quarter to get the Cavs inside 91-84.

James now has 5,669 factors, 29 forward of Bryant. He additionally matched three different ex-Los Angeles Lakers — Magic Johnson, Michael Cooper and James Worthy — for many consecutive first-round wins.

This comeback started with a second straight devastating third-quarter punch from the Cavs.

GAME 1 RESULT: NBA: Cavaliers escape with win over Pacers in playoff opener

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After Cleveland reduce the deficit to 77-62 after which watched Indiana prolong the margin to 20, Cleveland completed the quarter on a 17-Four spurt to make it 91-84.

Things solely obtained worse for the Pacers.

George’s three with 5:15 to go gave Indiana a 104-103 lead — its final of the sport. James answered with a layup out of a timeout and the Cavs by no means trailed once more.

It’s solely the second time within the Pacers’ NBA historical past they’ve misplaced the primary three video games in a best-of-seven collection. Indiana has by no means endured a four-game sweep since becoming a member of the NBA.


Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving Kevin Love, J.R. Smith, Channing Frye all scored 13 factors. … Cleveland has gained six straight over Indiana. … After scoring 49 factors within the first half, the Cavs scored 35 in every of the ultimate two quarters. … Kyle Korver scored extra factors in two quarters (six) than he did within the first two video games (4). He completed with 12.

Pacers: George had 23 factors, 9 rebounds and 5 assists, and Lance Stephenson added eight factors and 5 rebounds within the first two quarters. … Indiana scored 37 factors within the first quarter, falling simply in need of a season excessive (39), then matched that 37 within the second quarter for its highest first-half whole of the season. … Coach Nate McMillan made a lineup change, inserting former Cavs participant C.J. Miles into the beginning rotation. Monta Ellis was relegated to bench responsibility. … The Pacers drew two defensive three-second calls within the first half.

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