Pacers Stun Cavs In Game 1

Indiana Pacers bench comprised of the starters stand to watch the closing seconds of the game. Mandatory Credit Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

This is also the first time the Cavs have lost Game 1 in the first round since 1998, also against the Pacers.

IN led 28-10 before gaining a possession off of a series of missed LeBron James shots and sprinting out in transition.

The likes of Jordan Clarkson (2-for-6 in shooting), Rodney Hood (3-for-7), Jose Calderon (0-3), and Jeff Green (0-7) were all off with their shots but the three-time National Basketball Association champion believes they will perform better as they continue to gain playoff experience. The teams split two previous playoff series with the Cavaliers holding a 5-4 edge in game victories. While the Eastern Conference has been about the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Boston Celtics, the Milwaukee Bucks and the Philadelphia 76ers, the Pacers have been turning in a solid season. IN jumped to a 19 point lead after the opening quarter and kept Cleveland at arm's length as the Cavaliers didn't draw closer than seven the rest of the way.

In the late game, league Most Valuable Player (MVP) candidate James Harden exploded for 44 points as the Houston Rockets beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 104-101. The Cavs got within seven in the fourth, but Oladipo, once a role player who has blossomed into an All-Star in his first season with in, hit a big 3-pointer and Bojan Bogdanovic helped put Cleveland away with a 3 to make it 88-71. Jose Calderon, 0-of-3."We just can't shoot as tight", said Hood, who was 4-of-8.

Pacers star Victor Oladipo scored 11 points and Myles Turner added 7 points of his own.

LeBron James had a performance to remember on a night to forget.

Say this about Lance Stephenson - he makes any series more entertaining. "We talked about some of the things that Cleveland would do". As a result, the Cavaliers gave away home court advantage in the series, at least for the moment.

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This only works for Cleveland if they can score.

The Indiana Pacers are used to being dismissed.

The only time Sunday's result was ever in any true danger came as the Cavs whittled a 23 point Pacers' lead down to seven early in the fourth quarter. The Cavs managed just 30 field goals and 38.5 percent from the field.

King James led Cleveland with a triple-double in 43 minutes of play - 24 points, 10 rebounds, and 12 assists. Instead, Cleveland's secondary source of points came from J.R. Smith's 15 off the bench. He returned in the fourth quarter but was noticeably hobbling. They were more aggressive. IN controlled the tempo from the start and hammered Cleveland into submission.

Oladipo was the best player on the floor for the Pacers and had an answer for every little rally the Pacers made. The Pacers are a good team that threatened to challenge James in the first round.

"We were just sloppy with the ball". Even veteran Jeff Green struggled badly as he went scoreless on 0-for-7 shooting.

Jordan Clarkson, making his playoff debut, was 2-for-6 from the field. This was simply about not hitting shots. The Pacers were on national television once, and that was just for Paul George's return to Indianapolis. I mean the Cavs had an off-night shooting. Pacers 98, Cavaliers 80. IN is a talented team with quality scoring depth and this one should be no different. Oladipo was asked if that disparity in visibility might contribute to fans having their eyes opened by what happened in Game 1.

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