National Basketball Association play-offs: Cavaliers shocked by Pacers

National Basketball Association play-offs: Cavaliers shocked by Pacers

Turns out, there was something new.

Victor Oladipo has been hot all season, and he kept it going in Game 1 of the playoffs, roasting the Cavaliers for 32 points Sunday while leading his Pacers to a surprisingly thorough, 98-80 victory.

"You always hear people say in the regular season, sometimes it's a "play-off-type atmosphere". He's never lost a first-round series.

But while he knows the narrative before Wednesday's game two will be on the struggles of Cleveland's play-off newcomers, James isn't anxious.

Hill went 3-for-7 for seven points in just 19 minutes - Lue said he suffered a back injury but expected the point guard to be ready for Game 2 - and Hood went 4-for-8, including 1-for-4 from behind the arc, and 0-for-2 on free throws for nine points in almost 21 minutes. "I'm the last guy to ask about how you're gonna feel the next couple of days".

IN continued their success against the Cavaliers as they beat them for the fourth time in five meetings this season, counting the regular season.

Houston center Clint Capela led the way early, finishing the game with 24 points and 12 rebounds.

Clarkson shot just 2-of-6 and Hood scored just seven points on 3-of-7 shooting.

They calmly walked off, business as usual.

If you've ever paid attention to Bill Simmons various gambling do's and don't's, you know that rule No. 1 is to always be tired of the "Nobody believes in us" team.

Instead, he has confidence going into game two despite a poor performance on both ends of the floor on Sunday.


IN jumped out to a huge lead to begin the game, and eventually pushed their lead as high as 23 points.

The Pacers completely outplayed the three-time defending conference champions, whose turbulent regular season has carried over into the playoffs.

James recorded a triple-double for the Cavs, scoring 24 points with 12 assists and 10 rebounds, but no one else in the starting lineup scored over nine points (Kevin Love and Rodney Hood). James and Love combined for two points - they belonged to James, on two free throws with 1:52 left.

"They were more physical". Cleveland was just 8-of-34 on 3-pointers, including 1-of-9 in the fourth quarter.

The Pacers took the fight to the Cavs.

And that's fine! LeBron in the first round of the playoffs has been won of the surest bets in sports; he hadn't lost a game in the opening round since 2o12. IN was swept by Cleveland in last year's opening round.

After a tough season defensively, the Cavaliers found themselves down by as much as 23 points at one stage of their opening playoffs game.

Head to head, the Pacers are 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings in Cleveland and 14-5-1 ATS in the last 20 meetings overall.

"The game itself, playing the game the right way, is what we use as motivation", McMillan said. "They still don't believe". "They just played inspired basketball and they just took advantage of everything we wanted to try and do". He was entering the contest with a 21-game unbeaten run and the best winning percentage in the first round at.872. I don't care what problems he is dealing with outside the court, you need to play him more in this series. "When you don't, you saw what he's capable of".

Paul George and Russell Westbrook steered the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 116-108 win over the Utah Jazz. "I thought he made good decisions out there on the floor", IN coach Nate McMillan said of his star guard.

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