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

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

Jeff Teague and Lance Stephenson have also played well, allowing IN to stay IN each game.

James is also 52-0 in the playoffs when his team hold a double-digit lead heading into the fourth quarter.

James scored a game-high 33 points and also had 10 rebounds, four assists, four steals and two blocks as the Cavaliers ended the Indiana Pacers' season with a 106-102 victory in Game 4 of their first-round Eastern Conference series on Sunday.

OKLAHOMA CITY - Nene tied an National Basketball Association playoff record by shooting 12-for-12 from the floor, and his 28 points off the bench led Houston over Oklahoma City as the Rockets took a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference first-round series.

Leading the cheers on Fox Sports Ohio, which will have televised its last game of the season if the Cavs close things out Sunday on ABC, were Fred McLeod and Austin Carr.

Kudos to Irving and Love who played the cheerleading role without asking to re-enter the game, but the two haven't been too productive during their time in.

The 32-year-old's point is well taken, but he was the catalyst. "So we just learned that we're going to get everybody's best shot and we've got to go out there and fight for everything we get".

For James, it was his 21st consecutive first-round playoff game victory, breaking Magic Johnson's record of 20 set in the mid-1980s.

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The Indiana Pacers have at least one more shot at this Cleveland Cavaliers team. "We're a very resilient team, just even-keeled. Just a slow night for me".

And with that, Cavaliers General Magician David Griffin went to work. Pictured: James dunks against the Pacers in Game 3 of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on April 20, 2017. The Pacers had multiple opportunities, not only in this game, but throughout the series. The whole team was in sync, and it seemed as if the Cavs showed up unprepared. The Pacers are hardly a defensive juggernaut, and no one would accuse their bench of being a threat to a team like the Cavaliers.

For whatever reason - and I've given up trying to figure out what that reason is - these players tend to coast and lose focus, while their defense, at times, can be downright atrocious.

Lance Stephenson led the Pacers with 22 points.

"Once again, we just had to weather the storm", said James. "I thought we did a good job on C.J. Miles the whole series - he has been a Cavs killer since I have been here". But it's not a 24-minute game or 36-minute game, it's a 48-minute game.

On Thursday, the Cavs kept their composure and amped up their play considerably, while the Pacers found themselves in need of the Heimlich maneuver. But after everything that has happened over the past week, Indiana's more hard challenge may be coping with the fact they've been so close that they could be leading 2-1 or 3-0 heading into Sunday.

Paul George, who had scored 29 or more points in each of the first three games, struggled to catch of rhythm on Sunday, finishing his night with 15 points, seven rebounds, and six assists. IN is 42-43 overall, 29-13 at home and 41-43-1 against the spread. He once boasted about his "huge" basketball IQ, and this season he said he studied how every player on the Cavs liked to catch and shoot the ball, so he learned to throw the ideal pass to them.

As far as sweeps go, though, the one by the Cavs over the Pacers was not all dominant.


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