LeBron James on reason for Cavs' roller coaster start to National Basketball Association playoffs

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Russell Westbrook (19 points and 13 assists), Paul George (18 points and 10 rebounds) and Carmelo Anthony (17 points) failed to step up in the fourth quarter, when the Thunder were outscored 28-16.

Think about this: LeBron scored 46 points, IN star Victor Oladipo, limited to just 28 minutes due to foul trouble, "only" scored 22 points, 10 points fewer than he scored IN Game 1 - and the Cavs, playing at home, still only won by three points.

To be that close on the road despite James' brilliance and Cleveland's desperation? Thompson has only played two minutes in this postseason.

If this series goes to six or seven games and the Cavaliers continue to advance in the playoffs, James may be in store for the most minutes played in his career.

"We got lucky", four-times NBA Most Valuable Player James said in a courtside interview. That lineup created more matchup problems for IN, which had to account for both James' ability to attack the rim and four outside shooting threats. So what did Oladipo do when one of the game's best defenders locked on to him?

Game 3 is Friday night in Indianapolis. "It's going to be another battle, but we're going to be ready for it".

The veteran contributed 15 points and eight rebounds in a 100-97 that the series to one game apiece.

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Behind a stunning start from LeBron James, Cleveland raced out to a 26-8 lead before the Pacers slowly clawed back. "We're very, very confident".

"We've got to find ways".

Game 1 was forgettable for LeBron James and Co., as they were held to 80 points on 38.5 percent shooting from the field and 23.5 percent shooting from 3-point range.

Oladipo scored Myles Turner 18 to the Pacers, who surprised the Cavaliers in Game inch using an get - and 22 points - he was in ancient foul issue.

Love, who missed nearly six weeks this season with a broken left hand, finished with 15 points on 5-for-16 shooting and eight rebounds.

As Kevin Love walked to the Cleveland Cavaliers' bench holding his left hand late in the Game 2 victory over the Indiana Pacers, fans everywhere feared the worse for the All-Star big man. They ended the first quarter with a 15-point lead, 33-18, but from then on in they could not win another quarter, nearly giving up a phenomenal start as they just held on by three points.

Utah got off to a fast start in Game 1 but was unable to sustain the early lead. IN has played with no fear in either game, nor should they - in has won four of the six games with Cleveland this season, counting the playoffs.