INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — LeBron James finished with 41 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists, and a Cleveland Cavaliers set an NBA postseason record by erasing a 25-point halftime necessity to kick a Indiana Pacers 119-111 on Thursday night and take a 3-0 lead.
James upheld Kobe Bryant for No. 3 on a 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 a array Sunday.
The implausible convene busted Paul George’s large night. He had 36 points, a playoff career-high 15 rebounds and 9 assists.
Cleveland trailed by 26 in a initial half and was still down 74-49 during halftime. The largest halftime necessity overcome to win a playoff diversion had been 21 points by Baltimore opposite Philadelphia in 1948.
James scored 13 points in a third entertain to get a Cavs within 91-84. Cleveland regained a 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 a Cavs.
After Cleveland cut a necessity to 77-62 and afterwards watched Indiana extend a domain to 20, Cleveland finished a entertain on a 17-4 emanate to make it 91-84.
Things usually got worse for a Pacers.
George’s 3 with 5:15 to go gave Indiana a 104-103 lead — a final of a game. James answered with a layup out of a timeout and a Cavs never trailed again.
It’s usually a second time in a Pacers’ NBA story they have mislaid a initial 3 games in a best-of-seven series. Indiana has never endured a four-game brush given fasten a 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 a initial half, a Cavs scored 35 in any of a final dual quarters. … Kyle Korver scored some-more points in dual buliding (six) than he did in a initial dual games (four). He finished with 12.
Pacers: George had 23 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and Lance Stephenson combined 8 points and 5 rebounds in a initial dual quarters. … Indiana scored 37 points in a initial quarter, descending only brief of a deteriorate high (39), afterwards matched that 37 in a second entertain for a top first-half sum of a season. … Coach Nate McMillan done a lineup change, inserting former Cavs actor C.J. Miles into a starting rotation. Monta Ellis was relegated to dais duty. … The Pacers drew dual defensive three-second calls in a initial half.
On Sunday, Indiana will try to wand off rejecting when it hosts Cleveland for Game 4.
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