Pacers Stun Floundering Cavs, Harden Leads Rockets

Pacers Stun Floundering Cavs, Harden Leads Rockets

Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (4) moves to the basket in the third quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers in game one of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena.

All that has made Oladipo a leading contender for National Basketball Association most improved player honors, and it served as a fitting prelude to Sunday's performance, when he hit 11 of 19 shots, added six rebounds, four assists and four steals and helped snap James's personal 21-game winning streak in the first round. Bojan Bogdanovic pitched in 15 points while Myles Turner dominated the paint with 16 points. IN jumped to a 19 point lead after the opening quarter and kept Cleveland at arm's length as the Cavaliers didn't draw closer than seven the rest of the way. While LeBron did his thing, posting his 20th postseason triple-double (24 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds), no other Cavs starter scored in double figures.

Being better won't be easy against a Cavs team that will undoubtedly be playing with desperation in Game 2 on Wednesday night (7:00 PM ET on FOX Sports Indiana and TNT).

The Boston Celtics relied on a better overtime performance to win the first game of their showdown against the Milwaukee Bucks, 113-107.

Love struggled for most of the first half, when the Cavs dug themselves the massive hole they were eventually buried in, not hitting his first shot - a 3-pointer - until 1:53 remained.

IN jumped out to a huge lead to begin the game, and eventually pushed their lead as high as 23 points.

This is all new to James, who had won 21 consecutive first-round games. Will the Cavaliers have an answer for Oladipo and the Pacers?

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The Cavs coughed up 20 points off 17 turnovers and was 8-of-34 from 3-point range. Not that the fifth-year guard, in just his second postseason series, would have lacked any motivation in going up against LeBron James and Co., but after the win he acknowledged that Cavs owner Dan Gilbert had added "fuel to the fire". IN won the opening game of the series 98-80 on Sunday afternoon.

"On this team, we all know what Victor can do when he steps on the court", Thaddeus Young said.

"I thought offensively, we didn't make shots, we didn't take shots, we just wasn't aggressive enough", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said.

Minnesota had a one-point lead with about seven minutes left when Houston used a 9-0 run, with the last seven points from Harden, to make it 94-86 with about four minutes to go. He said that adjusting to the pace of a playoff game was the hardest adjustment for them. "We're just going to keep proving everyone wrong and play together". For us, it's about going out and giving all we have playing the game the right way, playing the game together. 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. It's only one game. "They hit us first and we didn't recover". "I think it's important that we get off to a good start, as we did last night, and not allow them to run us out of the building early". "You could tell they were ready to play", Hood said.

The "Lance vs. LeBron" storyline is an old favorite for both the local and national media.

If you've been following the NBA based on national broadcasts this year, you'd probably think the Cavs were clearly better than the Pacers.

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