Cavs look for 3-0 series lead against Pacers

Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue talks with Iman Shumpert in the second half in Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Monday

He spoke before Game Two of the Cavaliers series with the Indiana Pacers about LeBron having confidence in the motion he uses now.

It was a little more nervy than it ought to have been, though, as the Cavs were leading by 18 points in the final quarter before taking their foot off the pedal.

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James scored 41 points while padding his postseason resume with yet another triple-double, leading defending champion Cleveland back from a 25-point halftime deficit to a 119-114 victory over the Pacers on Thursday night.

Paul George was again torching the Cavaliers, with 18 first-half points, and Tyronn Lue discussed how (primarily) Shumpert's defense helped take him out of rhythm.

George was magnificent for the Pacers, and finished with 32 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. The Cleveland Cavaliers have won the first two games of this series, and now the series moves to Indianapolis.

The Indiana Pacers are looking to pretty much stay alive in this series.

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Smith didn't play in the second half of Game 2 because Cleveland's medical staff decided it was better for him to rest than risk making his injury worse. I think Paul George is an unbelievable athlete. In a big game like the other night, he was ready to play, ready to go, in a big playoff game.

"I thought we came out kind of passive", coach Nate McMillan said. IN has seen George score 23.7 points per game. "We knew the importance of this game". After playing Cleveland tough on the road in Games 1 and 2, you'd think that they'd have a decent shot at winning one, if not both games at home.

If Smith can't go in Game 3, the Cavs will likely start Shumpert, who did a nice job harassing George during the third quarter when the Cavs took control and opened a 19-point lead. "He's got to learn to just be in the moment". The team practiced Wednesday afternoon at the Fieldhouse, with a long list of things that need to be improved. "I mean, honestly, Kyle is probably one of the most efficient guys we have from the free throw line on our team".

The Cavs pulled away despite starting guard J.R. Smith missing the second half with a hamstring injury.

The crowd will be into it and the Cleveland Cavaliers will be in a hostile environment which shouldn't be a problem because of the experience they have on the team.

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