Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Pacers get the jump on Cavaliers — Sunday's National Basketball Association roundup

Pacers get the jump on Cavaliers — Sunday's National Basketball Association roundup

Victor Oladipo led IN with 32 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals IN the win. Myles Turner added 16 points and seven rebounds.

Cleveland All-Star Small Forward LeBron James earned a triple-double with 24 points, 12 assists, and 10 rebounds.

The Cavs are hoping that's the case, and when they step on the court Wednesday night for Game 2 they'll already have something they didn't have Sunday - a playoff game under their belts. However, this game was mainly lost because the Cavs underestimated the Pacers. I mean he was really feeling it this game and I simply don't think he will have that efficient and great of a shooting performance this series.

It was the first time the Cavaliers lost in the first-round since LeBron returned to the team and James' first first-round loss since 2012 when he was still with the Miami Heat. We've been playing our butts off on both ends of the floor all year.

It was all Pacers early on as IN started the game on a blazing 20-6 run, IN due part to the wine and gold not being able to find any rhythm offensively, and struggled to hit shots.

A repeat of their frightful defensive showing in game one won't give them a great chance to win so they'll have to come out with a sense of urgency and put in a better effort.

"We've been playing like this all year", Oladipo said.

Meanwhile, James Harden scored 44 points on 15-of-26 shooting with eight assists to help the Rockets escape game one with a 104-101 win over the Timberwolves.

Oladipo led the way for the Pacers with 11 points on three-of-six shooting, including a three-for-four mark from long distance, in the first quarter.

McMillan, it should be noted, never presented Gilbert's comments to the Pacers to try to hype them up for the series, but he acknowledged the impact they might have had as they found their way back to his team on their own.

That experience means the three-time champion isn't anxious about this latest hole that Cleveland is in. "We're just going to keep proving everyone wrong and play together". "They're going to pressure us. We've got to be ready for anything they throw our way". However, the Cavaliers will have three days to rest and regroup before Game 2 and the only way is up for them after their poor showing on Sunday. Even without Kyrie Irving (knee injury) and Gordon Hayward (fractured tibia), the Celtics proved that they belong in the NBA Playoffs, relying heavily on its starters.

Paul George and Russell Westbrook led the Thunder to a 116-108 game-one win over the Jazz. "We got a couple of steals early, which we didn't convert on, but for the most part, defensively, we were pretty good". 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. "We've got to match their physicality starting off and just play with a better pace offensively". Middleton had 31 points, eight rebounds and six assists. In the final minute of the first quarter, he caught the ball at the top of the key and drove down the lane, rising up over Cleveland forward Jeff Green for a vicious right-handed dunk that gave IN a 30-10 lead.

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