Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

LeBron James helps Cavs erase record playoff halftime deficit

LeBron James helps Cavs erase record playoff halftime deficit

With about 6 minutes left in the second quarter, the Raptors had called their fourth timeout while trailing by 31.

James scored 41 points, pulled down 13 rebounds and dished out 12 assists as the reigning National Basketball Association champions beat the Pacers in Indianapolis to take a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven first-round series.

The Cavs have never lost a playoff series in which they led 2-0, going 12-0.

The Cavaliers in Game 3 played one of the worst first halves they have ever played in the postseason, and then they played one of their best halves to turn a 74-49 deficit into an unbelievable 119-114 victory.

Lebron James-led teams have a pretty good postseason record with a 2-0 series lead.

James tallied 25 points, 10 boards and 7 assists while Kevin Love dropped 27.

Another big key that is hurting the Pacers is their play in the first three quarters of the game. While Jeff Teague added 23 points, four rebounds, and four assists. Cleveland is up 2-0 over the Indiana Pacers, but both games have come down to the final minutes.

Looks like they spotted IN two points for this one.

"I just saw turnovers", Lue said.

A number of questionable shots and breakdowns on defense by Cleveland allowed IN to make a late charge but none of this seems to concern the player carrying the team's title hopes. "Then, we got some great play from our guys off the bench". This was clearly seen during the game, where no matter if it's on Paul George or Kevin Seraphin on him, Kevin Love is putting his body on the line for the Cavaliers.

The early impressive play from George vanished in the third quarter, just as the Pacers did.

Cavaliers star Kyrie Irving led all scorers with 37 points on the night.

"We have so many pieces on this team, but everyone has to stay ready", Irving said of Shumpert's cameo. "And he had that mindset, came in and executed, and it's hard to come off the bench right after halftime".

The Pacers came out of the gates firing on all cylinders, building a 26-point lead at one point, giving their home crowd much to cheer for.

"We're right there of what we know can become", James said. This also marked the Grizzlies' first win over the Spurs in the playoffs since April 2011, when Memphis beat San Antonio in six games. Even when we're down big. "We didn't pressure up on the ball and make anything tough".

James needed just two rebounds to pass Robert Parish (1,765 rebounds) for the eighth-most rebounds in playoff history.

James, who has won 20 consecutive first-round playoff games, scored 28 second-half points and completely dominated the fourth quarter. James finished the game with 41 points, 13 rebounds, and 12 assists. The King scored 26.4 points per game and dished out almost 9 assists per game. James is also ranked third all-time in playoff steals, trailing Bulls legends Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen.

Still, George's sharp, direct complaints after the first two games caught some off guard. He passed Mark Price for second place in the third quarter.

Unlike Game 1, there was no coming back from that deficit for Memphis.

While the Cavaliers appear to be on the verge of a first-round win, they are flawed at times. Lance Stephenson annoyed people. He was a free agent after being released by the New Orleans Pelicans, who needed his roster spot because he was injured.

They forged into a 51-39 lead after a 16-2 run before the Pacers battled back to within five points as the half finished with the Cavs up 63-58.

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