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

Lance Stephenson was the leading scorer for the Pacers with 22 points. Myles Turner was posterizing center Tristan Thompson. He took what the defense gave him on Thursday night and put his team in a position to win.

James nearly single-handedly led Cleveland back from a 25-point halftime deficit, the largest second-half comeback in playoff history and then made every big play over the final 90 seconds Sunday.

No team in the history of the NBA Playoffs has blown a bigger halftime lead than the Indiana Pacers blew against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 3 on Thursday. For maybe the first time all season, they have everybody healthy for the playoffs. "We got pride and we ain't getting swept so we're going to move on and come out ready to play". "In coming off the bench, he added the passion we've been looking all season for".

According to ESPN's statistical research shop, the Cavs are the first team since the 1995 Rockets (in the Finals) to allow 100 points in every game of a series sweep.

LeBron James celebrated another milestone with the greatest second-half comeback in playoff history. The teams traded leads on each of the next four baskets, but after George's 3 with 5:15 to go gave IN a 104-103 lead, James scored on a layup that started a 12-5 run to seal it. "You see where you're supposed to be, what type of basketball you're supposed to be playing with the guys you've got and we just expect more".

Imagine if Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love had played in the fourth quarter. The time off will also help them to work out the kinks, grow as a team and practice, and for coach Tyronn Lue to keep the momentum going. With 4:17 remaining, the Pacers were within 100-98.

"Our bench definitely got the game ball tonight", James told the Cleveland Plain Dealer after the game. "It wasn't so much what they did as much as it was what we didn't do".

With that group on the floor, the Cavaliers shot 62 percent from the floor and outscored the Pacers 35-23 in the fourth quarter.

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James' three-pointer gave Cleveland a 103-102 lead, and Kyle Korver made two free throws with 19.1 seconds left for a 105-102 lead.

With their season on the brink, they must win - or go home. He hit 1 of 2 free throws to seal the game and finished with 33 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals and 2 blocks.

Unfortunately, though, the loss on Thursday may have shattered any and all confidence that IN may have had. "I'm not even at that point yet", he said. "It will weigh on me tomorrow, probably up until Sunday".

"We had control of that game and you need to learn a lesson from that game", the coach added.

Boston blew a 20-point lead, but Thomas keyed a third-quarter run that put the Celtics back on top after Chicago briefly went ahead.

Indiana's inability to close out games this year dumped the team to the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference and a dreaded series with the defending National Basketball Association champions.

The hints jogged James' memory about Game 4 of that series, which took place on May 6, 2012 and was won by the Knicks, 89-87, though the Heat clinched the series with a 106-94 victory in Miami three nights later.


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