Cavs Take 2-0 Series Lead With 117-111 Win Over Pacers

The two teams now head to IN for Game 3, which will take place on Thursday night. The Cavaliers, seeded second in the East, are confident they will play better in the rematch before the series shifts to in on April 20.

James's ultimate conclusion summed it up: "He missed, we won". "We've got to get back to doing that".

Practice April 16 was not open to the media. The difference tonight was that their free throw shooting was near ideal (20-23) and they got plenty of help from three point shooting, finishing 13-31. Cavs center Tristan Thompson led all players with 13 boards.

Cleveland double-teamed George again off the next inbound, forcing a pass to Miles on the left wing. In our locker room Lance is looked at as one of our leaders.

James refused to allow himself to consider the consequences if Miles, a notorious "Cavs killer" who has had several big games against his former team, had knocked down his shot.

Ignoring the turnovers, James had a monster game. After the game, a 117-111 Cavs win, Smith said he did not require an MRI and he hopes to play in Game 3. As the series goes on you start to learn more about your opponent. We knew we had a chance coming in to win a game here.

The Pacers are thinking the same thing. The Utah Jazz picked up a big road win in their opening-round series against the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Cavs had to go double overtime on April 2 to beat IN, 135-130, at The Q. Paul George scored 43 points for the Pacers IN that game.

DeMar DeRozan led Toronto with 27 points, and Serge Ibaka had 19 points and 14 rebounds. He believes he should have. Their play in the fourth quarter has also been a huge positive for in; they've beaten Cleveland 57-42 in the first two games late. Love and James also contributed rebounds in the double digits.

Coming off consecutive early playoff exits, the Spurs superstar looked determined to carry on from the form that saw him many people's MVP victor for most of the season.

PRESSURE IS ON: Paul George. "That's not the issue". The Pacers forward stated that he is "confident" with his teammates, but in those situations, he must have the ball.

"Shump was unbelievable. He came in and held Paul George to four points in that fourth quarter", Lue said. To be honest, this Pacers team is probably as talented - if not more so - as that 2014 team that earned a No. 1 seed.

"We have guys here who are able to really take advantage of that", Korver said. There might have been a few people that were out, including family members that we made sure we got security to them.

Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving, right, drives to the basket against Indiana Pacers' Myles Turner (33) in the first half in Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Monday, April 17, 2017, in Cleveland.

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