Now that's a little more like it.
The Cavaliers again made life tougher on themselves than it needed to be, but they put away the Pacers finally, 117-111 to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Quarterfinal on Monday.
But for the most part, the Cavaliers came out and played much better than what we saw in Saturday's Game 1. As usual, it started with the Big 3 of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love. The trio combined for 89 of the Cavs' 117 points in the win. Irving scored 37 points, Love added 27 points and pulled down 11 rebounds, while James scored 25 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, added 7 assists, 4 blocked shots, and 4 steals.
Not a bad night's work for The King (we'll forgive him for his 8 turnovers).
Monday was the first time that James, Irving, and Love have all scored at least 25 points in a postseason game. Per Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com, the Cavs are 7-0 when the Big 3 all score at least 20 in a playoff contest.
But again, the Cavaliers made things interesting. They held a 19 point lead in the third quarter and began the final period up by 16. Yet, Indiana clawed their way back to within four with one minute to play.
James is still not concerned however, "We’re right there. We’re right there (near) what we know we can become and we’ll figure it out. We’re right there on turning the switch on what we really can become. We’re playing some really, really good basketball."
"We have a chance to do what we've all wanted to do this season, that's put together a full fourth quarter game," James continued. "I think we're right on the cusp."
Hear more from LeBron, including his deadpan comment of "Are you going to take another charge?" to Kevin Love in this video captured by our Pat Chisea at the postgame podium.
The Cavaliers will travel to Indianapolis to take on the Pacers for Game 3 on Thursday night.
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