Pacers check King James' play-off streak

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Lance Stephenson had 12 points for Indiana. They made 36 field goals while shooting 45.6 percent from the field overall and 39.3 percent from 3-point range.

The Pacers were on national television once during the regular season compared to 39 for the Cavs. Two of their starters - Jeff Green and George Hill - combined to shoot 3-of-14 on the night. Since James' return in 2014, the Cavaliers had won all 12 first-round games, with both that mark and James' streak of not having lost a first-round game since 2012 coming to an end.

The 33-year-old is trying to get to his eighth straight Finals. Pictured: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on during the second half while playing the Indiana Pacers in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, April 15, 2018.

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.

We'll see just how far the Pacers can push the Cavs if they go up 2-0 after Wednesday's Game 2.

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. "The free throw line, same kind of thing". Harden, who also had a steal in that span, capped the run with a 3-pointer that prompted Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau to call a timeout. Of course, 0-for-7, zero points, we know he has to be better.

Harden got Capela in on the scoring after that, finding him for an alley-oop that pushed the lead to 101-93 with less than three minutes left. IN was edged 44-42 on the boards and clanked 10 of their 25 three point attempts in the contest. Stephenson posted five points in the first quarter. I mean the Cavs had an off-night shooting.

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LeBron has forced himself out of series' holes in the past, most famously the 3-1 deficit to the Golden State Warriors in the 2016 NBA Finals.

Al Horford was top scorer with 24 points, while Terry Rozier chipped in with 23.

Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 35 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists before fouling out in overtime. Middleton had 31 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

The win gives the Celtics an advantage leading to another home game on Tuesday. Green's minus-15 in his 27 minutes was the worst on the team, as he contributed almost nothing in the humiliating Game 1 loss.

Harden's 44 points were one shy of tying his playoff career-high and five points shy of tying the Rockets' all-time record.

J.R. Smith had 15 points off the Cavaliers' bench while Myles Turner had 16 points and Bojan Bogdanovic added 15 for Indiana.

Though James and company fought back hard in the fourth quarter, it wasn't enough. It would have also sent Kevin Love out to Denver, but before the trade could be completed, the Pacers pulled the trigger on a trade with Oklahoma City.

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