The Cleveland Cavaliers take a 2-0 lead in the first round of the playoffs with a 117-111 win against the Indiana Pacers in game-two. Kyrie Irving had a game-high 37 points on 14 of 24 from the field, and made four three-pointers. Kevin Love posted a double-double with 27 points on 6 of 7 from the floor, grabbed 10 rebounds, and dished out three assists. Love shot a perfect 12 of 12 at the foul line. LeBron James recorded a double-double with 25 points on 11 of 20 from the field, including 10 rebounds, seven assists, four steals, and four blocks.
Tristan Thompson only scored four points, but pulled down 10 rebounds, and blocked two shots. Deron Williams added nine points 3 of 4 from the field, and hit three triples off the bench. The Cavaliers shot an outstanding 55.3 percent from the field, and shot 42 percent on 13 of 31 from three-point range. The Cavaliers shot very well from the field, but they did play sloppy with 18 turnovers.
The Cavaliers did allow the Pacers to score a total of 111 points, and the Cavaliers need to play better defense than that throughout the playoffs to have a better chance to win. Meanwhile, J.R. Smith left the game in the first half with a hamstring injury and did not return. The Cavaliers were up 96-78 going into the fourth quarter, but the Pacers did cut the lead to only four points.
“We’re right there of what we know we can become,” James said. “We’ll figure it out. I’d much rather have an 18-point lead than not have a lead at all. We’re right there on turning the switch on what we really can become.”
For the Pacers, Paul George led the way with 32 points on 10 of 20 from the field, to go along with eight rebounds, seven assists, and buried four three-pointers. Jeff Teague dropped in 23 points on 8 of 12 from the field, plucked four rebounds, and gave out four assists. Lance Stephenson contributed 13 points on 6 of 13 from the floor, dished out four assists, and stripped away two steals off the pine. Myles Turner amassed six points on merely 3 of 10 from the field, picked up five rebounds, and blocked three shots. C.J. Miles tossed in nine points on 4 of 7 from the field, and stripped away two steals off the bench.
The Pacers shot a solid 51.2 percent from the field, and shot 40 percent on 8 of 20 behind the three-point line. The Pacers did keep fighting but they fall short again on the road against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Pacers had hard time getting stops as they gave up 117 points on defense. Paul George has played great so far in the playoffs, but other players need to play better for the Pacers to have a better chance to win. The Pacers will head back home for game three in the first round of the playoffs against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday. Game three is a must win for the Pacers in order for them to have a chance to win the series.