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GAME RECAP: Cavaliers 117, Pacers 111

Kyrie Irving scores 37 points, LeBron James and Kevin Love each add a double-double as the Cavaliers defeat the Pacers to take a 2-0 lead in the series.

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GAME RECAP: Cavaliers 117, Pacers 111

Kyrie Irving scores 37 points, LeBron James and Kevin Love each add a double-double as the Cavaliers defeat the Pacers to take a 2-0 lead in the series.
Apr 17, 2017  |  03:49

Postgame: Pacers Locker Room (Game 2) - April 17, 2017

April 17, 2017 - Pacers players Lance Stephenson, C.J. Miles and Thaddeus Young share their thoughts on the 117-111 Game 2 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Apr 17, 2017  |  02:14

PG Drops 32 in Game 2

April 17, 2017 - Paul George had a team-high 32 points on 10-of-20 shooting, eight rebounds, and seven assists in the Pacers' Game 2 loss in Cleveland.
Apr 17, 2017  |  01:55

Paul George Talks Lack of Pacer Defense

Nate McMillan and Paul George address media after falling to the Cavaliers in game 2.
Apr 17, 2017  |  02:51

George's Monster Dunk

April 17, 2017 - Paul George drives and throws down a massive dunk to get into double figures barely six minutes into Game 2 in Cleveland.
Apr 17, 2017  |  00:10

Teague Scores 23 in Game 2

April 17, 2017 - Pacers point guard Jeff Teague had 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting and four assists in Indiana's 117-111 Game 2 loss in Cleveland.
Apr 17, 2017  |  01:17

Lance Gets the And-1

April 17, 2017 - Lance Stephenson drives and converts the basket, drawing the foul on Kevin Love in the process.
Apr 17, 2017  |  00:08

Postgame: Cavaliers React to Game 2 - April 17, 2017

April 17, 2017 - Cleveland's LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love met with the media to discuss their 117-111 Game 2 victory.
Apr 17, 2017  |  08:50

Stephenson to Seraphin

April 17, 2017 - Lance Stephenson drives and dishes to Kevin Seraphin for the bucket.
Apr 17, 2017  |  00:07

PG Over LeBron

April 17, 2017 - Paul George crosses over and buries the jumper with LeBron James in his face.
Apr 17, 2017  |  00:09

Defense Leads to Offense

April 17, 2017 - The Pacers block Kyrie Irving on one end, leading to a run-out dunk for Paul George on the other.
Apr 17, 2017  |  00:07

Thad Gets the Steal and Then the Slam

April 17, 2017 -Thaddeus Young pokes the ball away from LeBron James and then runs the floor for the fastbreak slam with an assist from Paul George.
Apr 17, 2017  |  00:09

Lance Grabs the Board and Goes

April 17, 2017 - Pacers guard Lance Stephenson comes up with the defensive board, then pushes the break and buries the jumper on the other end.
Apr 17, 2017  |  00:10

Welcome Back, GRIII

April 17, 2017 - Pacers forward Glenn Robinson III nails his first 3-point attempt in his playoff debut after missing the last few weeks with a strained calf.
Apr 17, 2017  |  00:11

PG Gets Game 2 Started

April 17, 2017 - The Pacers get the steal and forward Paul George throws down a tomahawk dunk on the fastbreak for the first points of Game 2.
Apr 17, 2017  |  00:09

Turner Blocks LeBron

April 17, 2017 - Pacers center swats LeBron James' shot into the stands on the Cavaliers' opening possession of Game 2.
Apr 17, 2017  |  00:05

Thad Blocks Thompson

April 17, 2017 - Thaddeus Young blocks Tristan Thompson out of the pick-and-roll set.
Apr 17, 2017  |  00:07

Game Rewind: Pacers 111, Cavaliers 117 (Game 2)

Monday, April 17, 2017 at 7:00 PM ET at Quicken Loans Arena
by Greg Rappaport Writer

Game Recap

In Game 2 of their series against the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers, the Pacers fell victim to an offensive flurry to open the second half, never fully recovering and falling 117-111 on Monday night at Quicken Loans Arena. The loss drops the Pacers into a 0-2 hole as they return to Bankers Life Fieldhouse for Games 3 and 4 this week.

In a similar fashion to Game 1 being a missed opportunity for the Pacers, Game 2 had its frustrations as well, as LeBron James turned it over an uncharacteristic eight times. Even with the missteps, Indiana was unable to capitalize, especially after getting outscored 33-20 in the third quarter.

It was already a double-digit Cavaliers lead in the third when the Pacers attempted to guard Kevin Love with the undersized Lance Stephenson.

The Cavaliers responded by feeding Love on every possession, with the result being a 10-0 Cleveland run in which Love scored all 10 points, then drew a charge of defense for good measure.

By the time Indiana was able to respond to the outpouring from Love, who finished with 27 points, the Cavaliers had built a 19-point lead, their biggest of the night.

To close the third, in which Cleveland outscored Indiana by 13, Irving hit a step-back 3-pointer, putting the Cavaliers up 96-78 going into the final quarter of Game 2.

Indiana made two spirited rallies in the fourth, the first of which got the lead down to 102-91 after a Thaddeus Young layup. But Kyrie Irving responded in force, scoring three straight Cleveland buckets, including a 3-pointer to make it 109-94. Irving finished his night with a game-high 37 points.

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But even then, the Pacers weren't ready to call it quits. A slick feed from George to Myles Turner in the paint with 3:14 remaining in the game chopped the deficit to just seven points.

After forcing a jump ball and winning the tip, the Pacers pulled even closer, turning their run to 10-0 when George hit a runner in the lane.

James responded with his 25th point of the night, bullying his way to the basket to put the Cavs up 111-104. But George was quick to initiate offense, picking up a foul and drilling both of his free throws to get it back to a five-point game with 1:45 remaining.

Finally, a missed 3-point attempt from George, coupled with an offensive rebound by Tristan Thompson on the other end, spelled the end of the game for Indiana, spoiling its comeback bid from 19 points down as the Pacers were forced to foul in the game's closing seconds.

To open the night, the Pacers were in the zone offensively, with George slamming home the game's first bucket and nailing two 3-pointers to put Indiana up 9-4 in the first quarter.

From there, however, the Cavs swung back, embarking on a 10-2 run which put Cleveland up 14-11.

Even after a 3-pointer from J.R. Smith — who would later exit with a hamstring strain — put the Cavaliers up 19-16, Indiana came right back with a 3-pointer of its own, this time from the hands of point guard Jeff Teague, tying the game at 19 all.

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But with three minutes left in the opening quarter, an errant Pacers pass was collected by James, who ran the length of the court and threw down a thundering dunk, sending Quicken Loans Arena into a deafening roar and forcing Pacers head coach Nate McMillan to spend a timeout.

Out of the break, with reserves Lance Stephenson and Glenn Robinson III inserted in the game, Indiana used a quick 6-0 burst to regain control of the lead with a 27-24 advantage.

That lead wouldn't hold for long, as Love and Deron Williams connected on back-to-back 3-pointers for a 6-0 run of their own.

When the buzzer sounded to end the first quarter, Cleveland led Indiana 32-29.

As the second quarter opened, the Pacers were unable to contain James on either end, with the Cavaliers opening the frame on an 8-0 tear, six of which were from James. The onslaught put the Pacers down 40-29, their largest deficit of the night at that point, as McMillan called timeout with 8:40 left in the half to regroup his team.

Indiana responded out of the timeout, getting three straight buckets from Stephenson to help get its deficit back to single digits.

The Cavaliers answered Indiana's run much like it did for the entire game: a barrage of 3-pointers. Cleveland hit 9-of-16 3-point attempts in the first half, including back-breakers from Williams and Love in the second quarter to push the Cavaliers lead back to double-digits. The Cavs finished the night having made 13-of-31 from deep.

After falling behind by 10, Indiana closed the first half out strong, using a 5-0 run capped by a free throw from Robinson III to draw the deficit to a 63-58 lead at halftime.

When the second half began in Cleveland, it mirrored the start of the second quarter, as Cleveland jumped out on a 7-0 run, capped by a 3-pointer from Iman Shumpert to force McMillan to burn his first timeout of the half just 1:35 seconds into the third.

From that point forward, the Cavaliers began to catch fire, using Love's personal 10-0 run to push the advantage to nearly 20 points.

The Pacers had two final threatening runs in them, rattling off a 7-0 run to open up the fourth quarter and get the score down to a 96-85 deficit. Then came Indiana's 12-2 strike with under five minutes left. But even with the outpourings of offense, the Pacers still couldn't make up for the deficit that was created by Cleveland's rollicking third quarter, putting the Pacers in desperation mode as the series returns to Indiana with the Blue & Gold down 2-0.

Inside the Numbers

All of Cleveland's "Big Three" surpassed 20 points on the night. Irving had 37, James 25, and Love 27.

In their franchise history, the Cavaliers have never lost a series in which they led 2-0.

The Pacers and Cavaliers each shot better than 50 percent from the field, with the Cavaliers leading the way shooting 55.3 percent.

Kevin Love's 27 points came on 6-of-7 shooting. Love was 3-of-4 from 3-point land and hit all 12 of his free throw attempts.

You Can Quote Me On That

"They are a team with many weapons. I thought in the third quarter we just lost our composure. I thought we started to get frantic out there. When they made a run, offensively, we tried to get it back ourselves and just lost our poise. We weren't calm during that third quarter and I thought that was big." -Pacers head coach Nate McMillan

"In both games, Game 1 and Game 2, they've come down and they're shooting with no one in front of them. Off of a kick ahead, we are doing just a terrible job of getting back and guarding people. We know how good LeBron [James] is going to be. We know how good Kyrie [Irving] is going to be. But the other guys, we need to be able to limit catch and shoot, especially when they're coming off of just advancing the ball up." -Paul George

"I think we get tired at times. It's playoff basketball and they're playing a lot of minutes and they're competing. Also, we don't push the ball every single possession when we get the chance. It's not so much the iso because we have a lot of good players who can do that. I just thought it was our turnovers. We have to take care of the basketball. It got Paul George going early. When we turn the basketball over, we can't get back. It hurts us. We had 19 turnovers for 24 points. It's hard to win playoff games like this." -Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue


  • In his first game back from injury, Glenn Robinson III scored four points in nine minutes, making his only field goal
  • Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith left the game at halftime with a strained hamstring. He did not return
  • With his seven defensive rebounds, Paul George passed Jermaine O'Neal (387) on the Pacers' NBA Playoff leaderboard for defensive boards. George now has 391, moving him into third place

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