It appeared to be an easy Indiana Pacers victory on Thursday night as the Cavaliers were down by as much as 25 points. The comeback win was the largest come from behind win from a halftime deficit in playoffs history. Maybe, just maybe Lebron James and company wanted to prove a point.
The Cleveland Cavaliers know how to flip the switch on and go to work.
The historical come from behind win happened with James leading his Cavaliers in a complete turnaround in the second half. This all in part started with the Cavs outscoring the Paces 35-17 int he third quarter. James would go on to score 13 of the 35 while also connecting on three shots from behind the the three-point line. It wasn’t all an offensive outburst but the Cavaliers maintained a tighter defense in which they held Indiana to 19-percent shooting in the third quarter.
Whether it was a three-point shot from Kyle Korver or Channing Frye it was Lebron James assisting or taking driving to the lane for an easy basket. James would finish with 41 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists. Imagine this, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving did not play any of the fourth quarter. The pair shot a combined 8-of-29 in the first three quarters which gave enough reason to pass on to a line-up that was more productive. The Lebron vs Kobe debates get more interesting as Lebron passes Kobe Bryant in total playoffs points scored. Now of course, with Kobe holding on to two more rings there is plenty more to discuss.
The Pacers would be led by none other than Paul George who had crucial three-point baskets in the final minutes of the game to keep the Pacers afloat. George would finish the game with 26 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists. There no answer defensively in the second half as Thaddeus Young took multiple attempts at guarding James but some how contested three-point shot just fell for the 3-time Finals MVP. The Cavaliers will have a chance to close out the series and complete a first round sweep in game four.
Game four is Sunday in Indiana. Tip-off is at 1:00 PM EST on ABC.
Baseline Times Staff Writer