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Cavs win; sweep Pacers

08 May 2017

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James goes to the basket against Indiana Pacers' Kevin Seraphin, left, during the first half in Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Indianapolis.

Lance Stephenson led IN with 22 points, Myles Turner had 20, and Paul George finished with 15 on 5-of-21 shooting. Teague scored 15 points and was the catalyst in the final spurt, including blocking one of James' shots.Myles Turner had 20 points and nine rebounds, while Young had 13 points and 10 rebounds.

"It's really frustrating to continue losing to the same team or same person", Paul George said.

Following Sunday's Game 4 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Paul George wasn't ready to talk about his future - either with the Pacers or with any other team - now that his season has come to an abrupt end at the hands of LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers. We'd already seen the Pacers hang with the Cavs in Cleveland and now they were holding serve with style at halftime, up 74-49. Cleveland outscored IN by just 16 combined points, the smallest-ever margin of victory for a four-game sweep. Three times, the game came down to the final minute, when James thrived. George missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer with one second left, and James got the rebound and was fouled.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are now just one win away from moving onto the second round after coming all the way back from a 26-point deficit to stun the Pacers in a 119-114 win in Game 3. The Cavs' average was 12-points higher per game than the average NBA Finals team allows in first-round series, according to ESPN, and this is the worst defense a team with LeBron James on it has ever played in a playoff series it won. They are now up 3-0 in the first-round series against Indiana.

The Cavaliers shot 52.2 percent (12 of 23) in the second quarter and held George without a field goal on 0-of-4 shooting.

The Cavaliers increased their lead to 81-69 with 4:46 remaining in the third quarter. The teams traded leads on each of the next four baskets, but after George's 3 with 5:15 to go gave IN a 104-103 lead, James scored on a layup that started a 12-5 run to seal it. After the game, George was asked about his future with the Pacers. For most players, even those who play at an elite level, it probably would be best to simply move on to the next game. IN blew a 26-point lead in the loss, which was the biggest in National Basketball Association playoff history.

In Memphis, guard Mike Conley scored 24 points and added eight assists as the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the San Antonio Spurs 105-94 to get back into their series.

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James' performance against the Pacers was a microcosm of his sheer dominance in playoff first rounds.

"You have to have the right mentality of being aggressive and staying aggressive whether you play 13 minutes. like today, or 30 minutes", Williams said. "We need to learn a lesson from that team".

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