Irving scores 37 to lead Cavs


They also blew a 26-point fourth quarter lead in a defeat to Atlanta earlier this month.

LeBron James was beyond human during the series, Kyrie Irving hit big shot after big shot, and the Golden State Warriors did their thing, spreading the wealth and proving they were one of the best teams of all time. Cleveland is 12-0 when starting 2-0 in the postseason.

George led IN in points (32), rebounds (8) and assists (7) on Monday, which brought his series averages to 30.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 7.0 assists while he shot 48.7 percent from the field and 55.6 percent from 3.

So far, there is absolutely no reason to believe the team that spent the final two months of the regular season assuring everyone it would flip a switch and begin playing defense once the playoffs began has that capability, particularly near the level necessary to win another title.

Before diving into J.R. Smith's left hamstring injury - "I wanted to play, they didn't want me to play", Smith said - and Iman Shumpert's "unbelievable" second half performance, according to coach Tyronn Lue, an encouraging comment on the team's progress from LeBron James. While for now the Cavs can just sub in the big three and be fine, they must find different lineups that utilize the strengths of each member of the big three without them all being on the court at the same time.

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"We knew we had to take (some) punches, but it was a flurry, more than we expected", James said. We've got to figure it out at home. So, like I told you, I'd much rather have an 18-point lead than not have a lead at all. "We're not doing anything aggressively right now".

James (25 points and 10 rebounds) and Love (27 and 11) each had double-doubles in the win. Paul George (32/8/7) and Jeff Teague (23/4/4) paced IN and despite outscoring Cleveland 33-21 IN the final quarter, they couldn't complete the comeback.

Although the Cavaliers struggled through the first half of play in Game 3, they utilized effective play on both ends of the floor to cut the Pacers' lead to seven points, 91-84, heading into the fourth quarter.

After a narrow Game 1 loss to the Cavaliers, the All-Star forward was bummed that he hadn't gotten the chance to play hero, telling reporters that C.J. Miles should have passed the ball back to him on the game's final play because in "situations like that, I've got to get the last shot".

In the third quarter, Cleveland took advantage of a mismatch and pounded the ball inside to Love, who scored 10 straight and drew a charging foul on Lance Stephenson in a span of two minutes as the Cavs opened an 89-70 lead. The Indiana Pacers are allowing 40.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37 rebounds per game.

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"I thought we lost our composure and got frantic out there", McMillan said of his team's third-quarter meltdown. Then they had a one-point loss with a chance to win Game 1 of the playoffs. "We knew the importance of this game".

The Grizzlies pulled within 2-1 in this first-round Western Conference series, giving first-year coach David Fizdale his first postseason victory.

In Game 3 on Thursday, look for Turner to come out and play more aggressively in front of the in fans.

Win one more at IN, the four-time MVP will be crowned king of the first round.

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