23 April, 2018
But going into their game four clash with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday holding a 2-1 series lead, the Pacers are in their best possible position to finally overcome the league's best player. "Boo!" said the leather-lunged "Boo-sier" State fans repeatedly at Bankers Life Fieldhouse Sunday night - against everyone in IN except Bobby Knight (too old) and those doughty kids from Hickory High (too young, at least in the movie.) Cavs ballJames finished with 32 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists.
The Cavs led by 17 points at half-time of Game 3 before coughing up the lead and it was much of the same in Game 4.
The Pacers, who trailed most of the evening, outscored the Cavaliers 28-20 in the third quarter, erasing most of their 10-point halftime deficit.
But the fourth belonged to Cleveland, as the Cavs were able to wrestle back their lead in crunch time to knot the series at 2-2.
Game 5 is Wednesday night at Quicken Loans Arena.
"I should have never gotten a tech in the first place", James said. "If I could put my finger on it, we'd change it", James said at shootaround. IN fought back from a 16-point deficit to lead the game as late as the 3:47 mark. Jordan Clarkson hit some hard shots off the dribble in the first half, but he didn't score in the second half.
James pushed out his arm to shove Stephenson away.
Cleveland led early, the Pacers rallied to tie it, but a mid-first-quarter 8-0 for the Cavs set the tone for the remainder of the first half. The Spurs extended their lead to as many as 17 points in the first half while holding an edge in nearly every statistical category.
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The Cavaliers are breathing a sigh of relief after almost losing another game in which they had a big lead. You want to come in and play well and win no matter what.
Love managed to score 5 points on 2-of-2 (100%) FG and 1-of-1 (100%) 3P when Myles guarded him in Game 3.
The Pacers went through their veterans - Darren Collison and Thad Young - to whittle Cleveland's deficit back down.
Cavs coach Tyronn Lue laughed when Stephenson's name was brought up during his postgame media conference, and chalked up the Pacers forward's actions to innocent rough housing.
Hill aggravated the injury in Friday's 92-90 loss.
Bogdanovic picked up a low pass and drove in for a short bank shot, then nailed a 30-footer with the shot clock expiring to make it 89-84.
Rudy Gay, a new member of San Antonio's starting lineup, scored 14 points with seven rebounds, and Manu Ginobili scored 16 points off the bench. "I don't think they're going to get frustrated".
However, if anyone had been paying real close attention to the Pacers' defense, perhaps they could have seen this coming.