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The revenge behind the Game 1 destruction of the Cavaliers

17 April 2018

Victor Oladipo scored a game-high 32 points to power the Indiana Pacers over the host Cavaliers 98-80 on Sunday in the opening game of their first-round National Basketball Association playoff series.

Cleveland had won 14 straight first-round games, last losing on April 22, 2010, the last season of James' first stint with the Cavs. There wasn't much to talk about offensively for the Cavaliers in the contest: LeBron James continued his solid play as he posted a triple-double with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists. They made 36 field goals while shooting 45.6 percent from the field overall and 39.3 percent from 3-point range.

"Listen, it's fun", James said of Stephenson.

Lue hasn't tipped his hand at which 10 players will make up his playoff rotation just yet - but the math isn't hard to do.

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Gilbert's comments appeared to be a nod to the reported three-team trade offer which would have sent Kevin Love to the Denver Nuggets, guard Gary Harris and other trade pieces to IN and George to Cleveland. "I believe that we believed that we could win". He was 12-0 in his first dozen postseason openers. During the season, they had seven players average at least double digits and shot 37.6% from three. "We realize it isn't going to be easy. But be ready to set a tone".

The second quarter saw Cleveland make multiple runs at getting the margin into single-digit territory. Though it's a small sample, when the home team in a 4-5 series loses Game 1, it has won just 10% of best-of-seven series (1-of-10). James' first official shot came with 1:24 left in the opening period - an errant 3. "Buy we've been playing our butts off at both ends of the floor all year".

The Cavaliers had their lowest-scoring first period of the season and only five baskets with six turnovers in the opening quarter, drawing boos as they walked off at half-time trailing 59-38.

"You can't ease into the playoffs", said Cavs coach Tyronn Lue. "They came in and they were aggressive in Game 1".

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The outcome was a dominant 98-80 win at Quicken Loans Arena where they led from the opening tip. The Pacers built a 21-point lead in the first quarter and completely outplayed the three-time defending Eastern Conference champions. "I think everybody is going to be a lot more calm and a lot more precise in what we want to do, too".

"I think the intensity". Jaylen Brown finished with 20 points. We couldn't score the ball, and obviously in this league, you gotta score the ball. "This is a different season, a good opportunity for him to show where he's at again.". We gave up 98 points.

"We were definitely mad", Stephenson said.

The Cleveland Cavaliers struggled in their first-round playoff loss to the Indiana Pacers.

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IN had taken three of four regular-season games and finished 48-34, earning the fifth seed in the East.

The revenge behind the Game 1 destruction of the Cavaliers