INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — LeBron James finished with 41 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists, and the Cleveland Cavaliers set an NBA postseason record by erasing a 25-point halftime necessity to kick the Indiana Pacers 119-111 on Thursday night and take a 3-0 lead.
James upheld Kobe Bryant for No. 3 on the NBA’s career playoff scoring list and tied another NBA record by winning his 20th uninterrupted first-round game.
The Cavaliers will try to brush the series Sunday.
The implausible convene busted Paul George’s big night. He had 36 points, a playoff career-high 15 rebounds and 9 assists.
Cleveland trailed by 26 in the first half and was still down 74-49 at halftime. The largest halftime necessity overcome to win a playoff diversion had been 21 points by Baltimore against Philadelphia in 1948.
James scored 13 points in the third entertain to get the Cavs within 91-84. Cleveland regained the lead twice during a 15-5 fourth-quarter run and sealed it out with a 12-5 spurt.
James now has 5,669 points, 29 forward of Bryant. He also matched 3 other ex-Los Angeles Lakers — Magic Johnson, Michael Cooper and James Worthy — for many uninterrupted first-round wins.
This quip began with a second true harmful third-quarter punch from the Cavs.
After Cleveland cut the necessity to 77-62 and then watched Indiana extend the domain to 20, Cleveland finished the entertain on a 17-4 emanate to make it 91-84.
Things only got worse for the Pacers.
George’s 3 with 5:15 to go gave Indiana a 104-103 lead — its last of the game. James answered with a layup out of a timeout and the Cavs never trailed again.
It’s only the second time in the Pacers’ NBA story they have lost the first 3 games in a best-of-seven series. Indiana has never endured a four-game brush given joining the NBA.
Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving Kevin Love, J.R. Smith, Channing Frye all scored 13 points. … Cleveland has won 6 true over Indian. … After scoring 49 points in the first half, the Cavs scored 35 in any of the final two quarters. … Kyle Korver scored some-more points in two buliding (six) than he did in the first two games (four). He finished with 12.
Pacers: George had 23 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and Lance Stephenson combined eight points and 5 rebounds in the first two quarters. … Indiana scored 37 points in the first quarter, descending just brief of a deteriorate high (39), then matched that 37 in the second entertain for its top first-half sum of the season. … Coach Nate McMillan done a lineup change, inserting former Cavs player C.J. Miles into the starting rotation. Monta Ellis was relegated to dais duty. … The Pacers drew two defensive three-second calls in the first half.
On Sunday, Indiana will try to wand off rejecting when it hosts Cleveland for Game 4.
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