May 26, 2018

Play-offs: James inspires Cavs to level series

20 April 2018, 12:50 | Clyde Nash

GETTYNick Wright doesn't think Le Bron James will take control on the scoring end

Nick Wright doesn't think Le Bron James will take control on the scoring end

LeBron James scored 46 points and added 12 rebounds as the Cleveland Cavaliers bounced back from a poor performance in the opener by holding off the Indiana Pacers 100-97 on Wednesday night to even their Eastern Conference series at one game apiece.

James finished the first quarter with a game-high 20 points, six rebounds and three assists.

"We have some work to do", LeBron James said after Game 2. It was a game that fans of all teams were looking forward to watching after IN had walked into Cleveland and handed LeBron James and company a 98-80 blowout loss IN Game 1.

They needed to change their fortunes quickly after being embarrassed and dominated by the Pacers in Game 1, and it was an all too familiar sign for the Cavaliers, who have struggled to find any form of consistency all season long.

"I got a clean look, I shot and I just missed", Oladipo said, shrugging his shoulders.

"I'd rather be on time and on target than lucky".

The Pacers will host the Cavs for the next two matchups, beginning with Game 3 at 7 p.m. ET Friday.

Game 3 is Saturday at Minnesota.

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What were some of your takeaways from Game 2?

"Defensively, I wanted to be in tune, and I wanted to try and get my guys involved as well". He had 29 points, eight rebounds and four assists at halftime after scoring Cleveland's first 16 points.

Tyronn Lue's message about the need to be more aggressive evidently got through to LeBron James.

"We ran the same first play until they stopped it", Lue said.

So did the two new additions to the starting lineup, Kyle Korver and J.R. Smith, who both played well. With Cleveland blitzing and crowding virtually every screen involving Oladipo, they allowed a whopping 62 points in the paint on Wednesday.

Houston fell behind early, but went on top for good with a 37-point second quarter, powered by four 3-pointers from Green, and the Wolves didn't threaten again. "And I think that can be the best teacher for us to know exactly what we should be ready for tonight".

James wasn't done, though, as he added a 3-pointer, a jumper and a layup to give the Cavs a 13-0 lead with 8:30 to go in the first quarter.

"'Flipping the switch' is just another word for you have one team that you're focusing on, so you can really zero in on that team", said Kobe.

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