After giving up a late lead and squeaking out the opener by just a point, James and Co. showed more intensity on defense, more swagger in general and held on to win their 10th straight first-round game over the past three seasons. I have to wonder if we'll notice when the Cavs turn it on, or if this is what they are satisfied with. And for myself, I just don't settle for being not as great as I can be. That's what I was trying to do tonight. "He's just got to channel that and put it towards making effort plays on the court and do whatever he needs for us to succeed".
Maybe next year, LeBron.
Fortunately for James, the lure for the music extravaganza won't be more than a temptation.
For one moment during Game 2 between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Indiana Pacers, the Q Arena in Cleveland was turned into an ice rink, as Lace Stephenson, 26, went skidding out of control.
LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers rallied for an incredible win in the National Basketball Association playoffs, while the San Antonio Spurs' series lead was halved.
Meanwhile, the Memphis Grizzlies will be feeling the pressure now that they're down 2-0 in the series and they know they'll need to make some changes after getting outplayed in Game 2.
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.
In the fourth, Lue turned on a lineup of LeBron, Deron Williams, Kyle Korver, Iman Shumpert and Channing Frye with J.R. Smith checking in late.
While the Pacers forced 18 turnovers they also allowed Cleveland to shoot 55.3 percent from the field and hit 13 three-pointers.
IN guard Paul George (right) had 32 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists Monday, but the Pacers came up short again against Cleveland and trail their.
A loss like this can linger mentally on a fragile team like the Pacers, especially after it was James who ended up putting his foot on their throat. "I had every intention to keep those guys in as long as they were playing well, but Kevin and Kyrie didn't have a problem with it at all. We have to do a better job communicating out on the floor". IN scored 74 points in the first half, 37 in each quarter.
Pacers forward Paul George scored 36 points, including 21 alone in the second quarter. Even Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue praised Love for doing the little-big-things, saying that it could have gone either way, but Love doing the little things was the difference maker that favored Cleveland with the victory.
LeBron James led the way for the Cavs (what else is new?) with 41 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists. Surrounded by shooters, James had room to operate, knifing into the lane to get to the rim, blowing by any Pacer that stood in his way. However, Cleveland outscored IN 35-17 IN the period and was within 91-84 with 12 minutes to go. "We didn't work to deny or front that post shot".
Stephenson finished with 13 points, two rebounds, four assists and two steals. No, it isn't. The way they played in the second half of Game 3 is the way defending champions should play. Cleveland got within two, 98-96, on a finger roll from James, tied it at 98 with a dunk from James, and then took a 100-98 lead on another dunk from James.
And this time, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irvin got a firsthand glimpse of James' mastery as they watched the entire fourth quarter from the bench.