Play-offs: James inspires Cavs to level series

Kelvin Reese
April 20, 2018

He scored the first 13 points of the game, helped the Cavs out to an 18-point lead, and finished with a jaw-dropping stat line: 46 points on 17-of-24 shooting, 12 rebounds, and five assists.

"I saw a replay and it didn't look good", Love said.

IN was over 95-92 and straight back in the 18-point deficit on Wednesday although Oladipo, that scored 32 at the opener, finally came loose but overlooked his greatest shooter in 2 games.

The Raptors themselves have had their own challenges in the past and have never been able to take their game to the next level, but this year of changes for them seems to at this time give them an advantage, at least in the eyes of the oddsmakers.

But in a season in which nothing has been easy for the Cavs, Cleveland was lucky that Indiana's Victor Oladipo missed a wide-open three-pointer that would have tied it with 27 seconds left. "Allie LaForce told me that she was going to ask me the question and if it was OK and once I started talking about it, once we were on air, my emotions kind of took over and that was my emotions coming straight from my heart about the late Erin Popovich".

Oladipo scored 22 - he was in early foul trouble - and Myles Turner 18 for the Pacers, who shocked the Cavs with an overpowering win in Game 1.

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Averaging 29.0 FanDuel points through the first two games of the series, Love is projected for 33.9 FD points in Friday's road tilt with the Indiana Pacers. The 6-foot-8 Akron native also had 12 rebounds and five assists in 40 minutes.

Still, there are adjustments to be made heading into Game 3.

What were some of your takeaways from Game 2? "We've got to keep applying pressure and getting to the rim".

"We got lucky", four-times NBA Most Valuable Player James said in a courtside interview. "So, I'm the last guy to ask about how you're going to feel the next couple days". "Coach Lue called up the first play for me, and it went down".

With the series now extending beyond four games, the Cavaliers will be looking to get ahead in the series with the next two games taking place at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indiana.

IN was down by as many as 18 points but kept clawing their way back into the game before ultimately losing by 3 points. Favors had nine points and seven rebounds in the first quarter. Lue started Korver and Smith instead for Game 2. By the time he scored his first point - a free throw with 1:52 left in the quarter - the Cavs were losing 25-9.

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