Myles Turner had 16 points and eight rebounds, Bojan Bogdanovic ended with 15 points, six rebounds and three steals and Lance Stephenson scored 12 points off the bench for IN, which shot nearly 46-percent IN the win.
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 Cavs are still favorites to win the conference, thanks nearly entirely to LeBron James.
After the loss in Game 1, James and the Cavs will look to even the series during Game 2 on Wednesday. Although Cleveland wasn't able to finish No. 1 overall in the conference, National Basketball Association betting pundits agree there're few teams that will be able to beat them in a best of 7 series.
The 2018 playoffs have finally arrived for the Cleveland Cavaliers and what a year it has been. Korver has been battling a sore foot but has made improvement and will play against the Pacers, Coach Tyronn Lue said. James' first-round, Game 1 winning streak was snapped at 21.
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Everybody will try to improve like we did from last season. "When we don't play well people have a go at us, which I understand". The easy thing would be to go out of Europe and then collapse in the league through motivation going down.
Led by Victor Oladipo, the Pacers dominated the game from the opening quarter where they jumped to a 33-14 lead after the opening 12 minutes. IN has played good ball the last month or two and have a belief it can win this series. They're the fourth seed in the conference, trailing Philly (52-30), Boston (55-27) and Toronto (59-23). They also won three out of four against Cleveland this season, though all of those games came pre-deadline, so it's tough to read too much into that.
This will be an exciting first round matchup, as both teams come in looking different but still as successful as last season to find themselves in the playoffs another year.
This past year, the former IN star ranked ninth IN the league IN scoring (23.1 ppg) and first IN steals (2.36 spg) - topping the 20-point plateau on 51 occasions, including 12 games with 30 or more.
When 4 and 5 seeds meet there should be a competitive series as a result. JR Smith scored 15 points off the bench, and Kevin Love had nine points and team-high 17 rebounds for Cleveland.
The Cavaliers no longer have a "Big Three", so they're going to need big performances from their "Dynamic Duo" if they are to have another long playoff run.
It's a fairly safe bet that Game 2 won't be as ugly offensively as the opener was for Cleveland. IN is a talented team with quality scoring depth and this one should be no different. "It's only one game, it's only Game 1".