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Cavs go 2-0 up in Pacers playoff

Cavs go 2-0 up in Pacers playoff

Kyrie Irving scored 37 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers overcame a fierce late fightback from the Indiana Pacers to hold on for a 117-111 victory and take a 2-0 series lead in their Eastern Conference playoff duel on Monday.

The Cavs took a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series and can close out the series in Game 4 Sunday at 1 p.m.in Indianapolis.

James added 10 rebounds and seven assists while winning his 19th straight game in the first round. He finished the game with 37 points, going 4-of-10 from long range after only going 1-of-9 in Game 1.

George led IN in points (32), rebounds (8) and assists (7) on Monday, which brought his series averages to 30.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 7.0 assists while he shot 48.7 percent from the field and 55.6 percent from 3.

They forged into a 51-39 lead after a 16-2 run before the Pacers battled back to within five points as the half finished with the Cavs up 63-58.

Before the start of the first-round series with the Pacers, Cavaliers small forward LeBron James spoke of playing with confidence, and that is exactly what he has done through the first two games. "The energy really picked up on the defensive end, it dictated what we were doing on the offensive end and from there we never really looked back and it was a good third quarter for us".

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On Lance Stephenson: "He's gotta learn to control himself". Most importantly, a leader shoulders the blame even when everyone listening knows they don't deserve to be shouldering it.

Maybe that spark will ignite a larger fire in the defending champions, who allowed a big lead in the fourth quarter to almost disappear again before finishing off the Pacers.

In the season series this year they won it 3-1 and they have carried on that dominance to the playoffs. I have to wonder if we'll notice when the Cavs turn it on, or if this is what they are satisfied with. He passed Mark Price for second place in the third quarter. He emerged from the locker room after his teammates and immediately took a seat on the baseline floor. The Pacers have limited resources to drastically improve the team this offseason and limited time to do so, with George's free agency rapidly approaching.

"I think we put Paul on Kyrie [Irving], and Lance went to Love", McMillan said. "Just staying ready, being professional, he did a great job on Paul George. He makes a lot of plays for this team but we've just gotta be better with the basketball". We all know that Lance is an emotional guy.

It was an all-too familiar pattern for Cleveland, who had developed a habit of sacrificing fourth-quarter leads in the final stretch of the regular season - a habit they'll desperately want to shake. They're sticking to us, so it's hard for us to get shots. Stevens says that after services for Thomas' sister, the star guard intends to rejoin the team Friday for Game 3 in Chicago.


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