And in doing so, they would hand LeBron his first-ever loss in a playoff opener.
Game 1, according to James, was a rude awakening for some of his teammates getting their first real taste competing in the playoffs on a team with a target on its back as a title contender. Cleveland's bench punished the Pacers for the most part, but it was only enough to tighten up the game in the third quarter. "It's just, I mean, I'm down 0-1 in the first round".
Down 1-0 in the first round. I'm sure Victor, somebody might have told him that here in the last couple days.
IN were in control from the outset, opening a 21-point lead in the first quarter and leading by 23 in the third. The Cavs got within seven in the fourth, but Oladipo, once a role player who blossomed into an All-Star in his first season with in, hit a big 3-pointer and Bojan Bogdanovic helped put Cleveland away with a 3 to make it 88-71.
The Good: They say a series doesn't start until the home team loses.
IN continued their success against the Cavaliers as they beat them for the fourth time in five meetings this season, counting the regular season.
Top Diplomats of China, Japan Agree to Cooperate on N. Korean Issues
Wang spoke to reporters in Tokyo on Sunday after his meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono. Wang spent eight years in Japan as a diplomat with three of those years as China's ambassador.
At one point, the Cavs got called for delay of game. Not even his triple-double would help. No other starter broke the double figures mark in scoring though Kevin Love did grab 17 rebounds: J.R. Smith (15 points) and Larry Nance Jr. Korver played just four minutes. Paul George had a huge night, hitting eight 3-pointers on the way to 36 points.
Well, it's now going to take a first-round comeback.
This is all new to James, who had won 21 consecutive first-round games. IN gave James" Heat everything they could handle in three series matchups - taking Miami to six games in the East Semis in 2012 and to seven and six games in the Conference Finals in "13 and '14.
We also learned the Pacers aren't going to be intimidated after being swept by the Cavaliers a year ago. Those Pacers, though, didn't have Oladipo (32 points) or the balance of this Indy squad, which may lack experience but not confidence.
If you've been following the NBA based on national broadcasts this year, you'd probably think the Cavs were clearly better than the Pacers.
"He's hurt us this year", Lue said of Collison. "They still don't believe. We'll see what they're going to do".
Syria Strikes an 'Important Signal' to Iran
Asked how much warning Israel had received, the official told Reuters: "Between 12 and 24 hours, I believe". The coalition strikes reportedly caused heavy damage to Syria's chemical weapons infrastructure.
The #Cleveland Cavaliers made a lot of changes throughout the 2017-18 National Basketball Association season in hopes that they could turn things around in time for the start of the National Basketball Association playoffs. We know we're a good team and we can stay tight. If you saw how the Cavs played after the first quarter, they actually played very well.
Victor Oladipo is downplaying just how much of an impact Dan Gilbert's comments about the infamous Thunder-Pacers trade had on him, but he does acknowledge it added fuel to his fire.
"I think the intensity", James said when asked where the Cavs tripped up. "Can't control his opinion".
Cleveland's George Hill got blind-sided on a pick by Pacers reserve Trevor Booker in the first half, then his back stiffened up.
Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue battled lineup switches and substitutions the entire night, but he did stick to his plan of playing ten players in the rotation during meaningful minutes.
Taliban overrun Afghan district, kill its chief and at least 14 others
Rahmani said the Taliban planted mines to stop reinforcements from coming to help the government forces fend off the attack. The attack occurred in Herat's Shindand district, said the district's governor, Shukrullah Shaker.