James helps Cavs hold off Pacers, earn sweep into 2nd round

by Ben Pena April 26, 2017, 8:48
James helps Cavs hold off Pacers, earn sweep into 2nd round

James was the flawless candidate to do it.

James has now won 20 straight first-round playoff games, dating back to 2012 when he was with Miami.

It was another milestone day for James, who moved past Michael Cooper, Magic Johnson and James Worthy on the league's list of consecutive first-round wins, and past Tim Duncan for most career sweeps, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

James then paused his thought and said, "It's kinda insane I can replay all the plays in my head, huh?"

LeBron James led the way once again for the defending champs, recording 33 points, 10 rebounds and four assists.

James' trifecta put Cleveland on top 103-102 with 1:07 left on the clock, and the Cavs went on to make three free throws to put the game away. Do whatever it takes to help my teammates be successful and do whatever it takes to help me be successful. "That's been the result of it".

And while Williams' numbers in 24 games with the Cavs weren't awful (7.5 points, 3.6 assists, 1.7 turnovers per game), the team went 10-14 and impact Williams made was negligible. However, the Pacers had the ball in the final moments with a chance to go up 1-0 on the Cavs.

Cleveland completed a sweep of IN, giving James the National Basketball Association record for a player for sweeps IN a career with 10. If I go to the bench and Steven's on the floor and I'm off the floor, we're in this together. Two months from now pundits will look back at game three as the beginning of a Cleveland team that could play championship level defense. A couple of seconds later, George attempted an open 3 that would've sent the game to overtime.

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However, it was at that point that the Pacers mounted their final comeback of the 2016-17 NBA Season, as C.J. Miles connected on a three-point field goal that started the 17-4 run. Counting the regular season, Cleveland has defeated IN seven consecutive games. Teague, the Pacers' point guard, played the last two seasons with the Atlanta Hawks. Cleveland has swept all eight series in which it has taken a 3-0 lead.

Kyrie Irving added 28 points for the Cavaliers, who will host either Milwaukee or Toronto in the next round. Deron Williams scored 14 off the bench.

In seven second quarter minutes, Williams scored 12 points, had one assist, made three three-pointers and made four of five three throws.

Lance Stephenson led the Pacers with 22 points.

This was a series in which no lead was safe from game to game. It was only after giving up 74 points in a half and facing a steep 25-point deficit that snapped the Cavs out of an apparent slumber.

Joe Johnson inspired the Jazz with 28 points in game four. But in reality, all ended with losses. Because some of the symptoms of those dark days are still here.

IN came out in the fourth period determined and made a gallant 19-4 run to take the lead, 102-100, with 1:31 left. And with 1:31 to go, the Pacers were up a point.


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