Pacers upset Cavs to snap LeBron James' first-round win streak

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Game 2 takes place Wednesday night at Quicken Loans Arena.

Game two is Thursday (NZT).

IN took control from the outset, opening a 21-point lead in the first quarter and pushing it to 23 in the third.

The Cavs fell behind 33-12 during a odd first quarter that included Cleveland missing all eight 3-pointers, James not attempting his first field goal until 1:52 remained and fans in Quicken Loans Arena wondering what they were seeing. He shot an impressive 6-of-9 from the three-point country while the entire Cavaliers roster were tied down to only eight threes.

Cory's stat line is brought to you by the number three: 3 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals. Much of what the Pacers wanted to do, they did.

After dropping a game-high 32 points, Victor Oladipo said he had a little extra motivation, explaining that Cavs owner Dan Gilbert's comments about the offseason trade that sent Paul George to Oklahoma City in exchange for Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis had added some fire to his game.

Oladipo closed the game with 10 points on 4-for-5 shooting in the fourth quarter, outplaying LeBron James, who had just four points on 1-for-3 shooting in the final frame.

LeBron's exit from Cleveland will be easier after first round loss. "We talked about some of the things that Cleveland would do". They were more physical, more energetic and more composed. Although overreacting to a series-opening loss would be silly for Cleveland, failing to react is hardly a viable option.

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Lance Stephenson, a longtime playoff nemesis for James, helped set the tone in the first quarter with a dunk he punctuated by throwing several punches into the padded basket stanchion.

LeBron James' triple double was in vain for the Cavaliers after he finished with 24 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds. The Cavaliers are clearly going to have to get more from guys like Rodney Hood, George Hill, Love, Jeff Green and company to square the series.

The Cavaliers dug themselves a huge hole right off the bat and trailed by as many as 21 in that opening period before finding themselves down 33-14 after the first 12 minutes.

Indeed, James has faced stiffer competition than the Pacers and he's faced bigger playoff deficits. Expected to be named the Most Improved Player in the National Basketball Association, he showed his athleticism and ability to dominate on both ends of the floor throughout Sunday's game. However, each surge by the Cavs was countered by the Pacers, who ended up taking a 55-38 lead into halftime.

It's a bit concerning if you're a Cavaliers fan that the other four-fifths of the starting lineup managed a total of one more point (25) than James scored himself (24) in the opener. X-rays came back negative, but it will be something to monitor going forward. Overuse wasn't the issue as only James (44), Love (34) and Nance Jr.

Thankfully for IN, they had Oladipo and company to mop up the mess. That was a big change for them: remember, last season in Game 3 of their series with Cleveland, they blew a 26 point lead and lost by five.

The Pacers need Myles Turner to show up to win, and he did just that.

Game 2 is Tuesday night in Boston. It's hard to see the Cavaliers being held to 80 points again.

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