The Cleveland Cavaliers fend off the Indiana Pacers in game-three in the first round of the playoffs 119-114. The Cavaliers now take a 3-0 lead in the series. LeBron James posted a triple-double with 41 points on 14 of 27 from the field, to go along with 13 rebounds, 12 assists, blocked two shots, and hit six three-pointers. James started to take over the game in the second half. Kevin Love scored 13 points on just 4 of 12 from the field, and grabbed six rebounds in 27 minutes. J.R. Smith poured in 13 points on 4 of 9 from the field, and sunk four three-pointers.
Kyrie Irving notched 13 points on merely 4 of 17 from the floor, and dished out four assists. Tristan Thompson racked up nine points on 4 of 7 from the field, plucked 10 rebounds, and blocked three shots. Kyle Korver added 12 points on 4 of 7 from the floor, stripped away two steals, and drained four three-pointers off the pine. Channing Frye compiled 12 points on 4 of 7 from the field, collected four rebounds, and stripped away two steals off the bench. The Cavaliers shot 44.8 percent from the field, and shot an exceptional 47.7 percent on 21 of 44 from three-point distance.
The Cavaliers tied the largest comeback in playoff history as they came back in this game after being down by 26 points. The Cavaliers were down 74-49 at halftime, and then the Cavaliers out-scored the Pacers in the second half 70-40. The Cavaliers started getting stops in the second half, and they were making a lot of three-pointers which helped them comeback. The Cavaliers sat Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love in the fourth quarter, and the Cavaliers were playing well when they were on the bench. The Cavaliers showed that they have a lot of depth and that they also have many weapons.
“We just never quit,” coach Tyronn Lue said. “We knew the importance of this game. To go up 3-0, makes things a lot more difficult for those guys.”
For the Pacers, Paul George led the way with 36 points on 10 of 28 from the field, pulled down 15 rebounds, and gave out nine assists. Jeff Teague concluded with 15 points on 5 of 11 from the field, handed out seven assists, and buried four three-pointers. Thaddeus Young recorded a double-double with 11 points on 5 of 10 from the field, and snatched 14 rebounds. C.J. Miles accrued nine points on 3 of 6 from the floor. Lance Stephenson tallied 13 points on 4 of 12 from the floor, including six rebounds, and made three triples off the bench.
Kevin Seraphin contributed 11 points on 3 of 8 from the field, nabbed five rebounds, and dished out three assists off the pine. Monta Ellis dropped in eight points on 3 of 6 from the field off the bench. The Pacers shot just 40 percent from the field, and shot 39 percent on 16 of 41 behind the three-point line. The Pacers out-rebounded the Cavaliers 52 to 40.
The Pacers got off to a great start in the first half, but they totally fell apart in the second half as they were not executing offensively and were not getting stops. The Pacers are now down 3-0 in the series. It will be very tough for them to come back and win the series as no team in playoff history has ever comeback to win a series down 3-0. The Pacers will host the Cleveland Cavaliers again in game-four on Sunday afternoon.