Cavs assume 2-0 lead

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James was unfazed by the Pacers' fourth-quarter fightback after the Cavs held on to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

The Gregg Popovich coached Spurs were cruising and had a 26-point lead, but they let the Grizzlies back in to the game and early in the fourth quarter to lead by just four points.

Monday marked the first time Cleveland's big three of LeBron James, Kevin Love, and Irving all scored 25 or more points in one playoff game as teammates.

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"We're right there", he said.

He's gotta know at this point we need him to take it to the next level, and we'll continue to work with him.

It was a little more nervy than it ought to have been, though, as the Cavs were leading by 18 points in the final quarter before taking their foot off the pedal. "We're really close to what we can become". After the game, a 117-111 Cavs win, Smith said he did not require an MRI and he hopes to play in Game 3. "We lost our poise and wasn't calm during that third quarter. My guys dug in that game and earned the right to be in that game - and they did not even give us a chance", Fizdale told journalists.

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The victory came at a cost for Cleveland however, with guard J.R. Smith limping off with a hamstring injury.

Mills helped seal the win with five minutes to go when he dribbled into the key and then flicked the ball out to Paul Gasol who was waiting behind the three-point line. "We came in believing, we still believe". Just for the team. "He's got to learn to just be in the moment", George said. "He's just got to channel that and put it towards making effort plays on the court and do whatever he needs for us to succeed".

Game 3 is Thursday night in Memphis. Stephenson had a strong workout with Cleveland in January before latching on with in, but coach Tyronn Lue said his recent injuries dissuaded the Cavs from signing him.

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Cavaliers: James (357) jumped Magic Johnson (358) for third place in career playoff steals and hopped Robert Parish for eighth in rebounds.

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