Cavs drop Game 1 to Pacers, 98-80

Cavs drop Game 1 to Pacers, 98-80

Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (4) moves to the basket in the third quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers in game one of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena. As a team, the Pacers shot 45 percent from the field and 11 of 28 from the three-point line as they jumped all over the Cavaliers in the first quarter to give themselves a nice early 19-point cushion.

LeBron James had a triple-double, with 24 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.

Cavaliers star LeBron James is still confident about his side's chances in the National Basketball Association playoffs despite a shock Game 1 defeat to the Indiana Pacers on Sunday at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.

"Stay calm, stay composed, play the game I have all year long", Oladipo said of the key to his overwhelming day.

Instead, he has confidence going into game two despite a poor performance on both ends of the floor on Sunday. "I'm anxious about my team and coming out to play one game at a time until we beat them". He's never lost a first-round series.

Stephenson, when asked about his contributions to the Pacers' emphatic 98-80 win, described his energy as "contagious".

The Wine and Gold have just four players on their roster from that historic title-winning squad and are missing the brilliance of Kyrie Irving to help James carry the load. IN jumped to a 19 point lead after the opening quarter and kept Cleveland at arm's length as the Cavaliers didn't draw closer than seven the rest of the way. The Pacers had a chip on their shoulder for the entire game and acted like it, playing with great intensity and hustle. If anyone thought his regular season was a mirage that would dissolve once the playoffs started, they're sorely mistaken.

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J.R. Smith poured in 15 points off the Cavaliers' bench while Myles Turner had 16 points and Bojan Bogdanovic added 15 for Indiana. He also picked up a technical for a hard foul on LeBron James. Games 3 and 4 will be in Indianapolis.

Minnesota had a one-point lead with about seven minutes left when Houston used a 9-0 run, with the last seven points from Harden, to make it 94-86 with about four minutes to go. If Cleveland can't get their shooting in order, they could be in some trouble. "We'll see what they're going to do".

LeBron's got a history of "balling out" against Lance and the Pacers, so it sounds like we should just get the popcorn ready for Wednesday. The Pacers easily could have won the game by a bigger margin had they cashed in at the charity stripe and capitalized more on Cleveland's miscues.

The Pacers know how hard it will be to win two games in a row in Cleveland.

"We were pleased with a lot of the looks we were getting, we just can't shoot as tight", Hood said. The Warriors' depth and star power should help them overcome Curry's absence in this series, but the defending champions will need their star point guard by the time Houston come calling.

Khris Middleton added 31 points, hitting five-of-seven three-pointers, with eight rebounds and six assists in a losing cause. Jeff Green was miserable.

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