Down 18 to start the fourth, the Pacers quickly scored the first seven points and trailed just 109-104 after a George runner with 2:28 to go.
Iman Shumpert's play on the defensive end once could be considered at that level, but he's dropped off this season to the point where he was benched for the first six quarters of the series.
CLEVELAND - Never mind that the Cleveland Cavaliers almost blew another late double-digit lead in their 117-111 Game 2 victory over the Indiana Pacers to go up 2-0 in their Eastern Conference first-round series.
IN erased a 10-point deficit with nine minutes left in Game 1, and then in Game 2 cut the Cavs' 18-point lead after three quarters to four with 19.5 seconds left on Paul George's three-pointer. Of course, the Cavs defended him much better at the point of attack (3-for-7 on drives) and forced him to shoot jump shots, which worked out in their favor.
LeBron James was beyond human during the series, Kyrie Irving hit big shot after big shot, and the Golden State Warriors did their thing, spreading the wealth and proving they were one of the best teams of all time.
The Cavs have never lost a play-off series in which they led 2-0, going 12-0 when they have won the first two games.
Game 3 is Thursday night.
After having his best regular season with the wine and gold, averaging 19 points, 11 rebounds, and two assists per game while being the team's third option, Love has adapted well to his role, and he proved that even more while making National Basketball Association history Monday night.
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"We all know Lance is an emotional guy, and a lot of it is just his heart and his competitiveness that that emotion comes out on". George said he talked to Miles and told him that he needs to take the shot in that situation. "And we don't push the ball every single possession when we get a chance". The King's logged all 24 minutes thus far and scored just 10 points in that time. "It's hard to win playoff games like that".
Cavs guard J.R. Smith did not return for the second half because of a left hamstring injury. He finished with five points in 20 minutes, but his contributions went way beyond the box score. "They have to pass two more in this series".
SPURS 96, GRIZZLIES 82: Kawhi Leonard had a postseason career-high 37 points and added 11 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Memphis Grizzlies 96-82 on Monday night to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round series.
But Fizdale unleashed a spectacular post-game tirade against the officiating crew, which is nearly certain to bring disciplinary action from the league.
He complained bitterly that officials had unfairly skewed the free throw count against his players.
FILE - In this March 14, 2017, file photo, Indiana Pacers'Paul George (13) reacts during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, in New York.
A number of questionable shots and breakdowns on defense by Cleveland allowed IN to make a late charge but none of this seems to concern the player carrying the team's title hopes. And we make plays down the stretch to win a ball game in the postseason, and that's all you can ask for.
Up as many as 19 and by 18 after three quarters, the talented but sometimes unfocused Cavs held on for a 117-111 victory over the stubborn Indiana Pacers on Monday night at Quicken Loans Arena.
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