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Korver, LeBron Lead Late Push as Cavs Even Series

Wine and Gold Rally Past Pacers, Take Game 4 as Series Returns to Cleveland
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Wrap-Up -- The Cavaliers have been a tough team to figure out all season long. But the defending Eastern Conference champs showed exactly what they were made of with their backs against the wall on Sunday night.

Facing a fourth-quarter deficit and, more importantly, a potential 3-1 hole in their First Round series against Indiana, the Wine & Gold used a late push – propelled by Kyle Korver and LeBron James – to take the dramatic 104-100 victory at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, evening the series and taking back homecourt advantage.

One game after relinquishing their first fourth-quarter lead of the season, the Cavs were not about to repeat that feat – going on a 12-3 run after Lance Stephenson baited James into a technical foul midway through the final period.

Overall, Cleveland closed the contest on a 15-8 run with Korver notching eight of his 18 points in the final four minutes of the ballgame.

The Wine & Gold didn’t play a perfect ballgame, but several Cavaliers stepped up for the first time in the series as it shifts to Cleveland for Game 5 on Wednesday night.

Korver – who’s fought through a nagging injury as well as the recent passing of his younger brother – had his best game of the series. After going scoreless in both Games 1 and 3, the veteran sharpshooter brought the heat on Sunday – going 4-of-9 from long-range and 6-of-7 from the stripe, adding three boards and two blocks in a game the Cavs had to have.

”(Kyle) is a constant pro,” said Kevin Love. “He works on his shot every day and his quick release was there for him tonight, and we needed it.”

LeBron was his usual spectacular self in Game 4 – netting 23 of his game-high 32 points in the first half, going 12-for-22 from the floor and 8-of-9 from the stripe overall, adding a team-high 13 rebounds and seven assists to go with a pair of blocks.

It took almost four games, but James and Lance Stephenson resumed their perennial beef midway through the fourth quarter.

After Thaddeus Young scored on a tip-in to give the Pacers a two-point edge, 91-89, with 6:13 to play, Coach Tyronn Lue called timeout. On the way back to the huddle, James gave Stephenson a slight shove with his elbow. Stephenson, never one to shy from histrionics, went flying to the ground, resulting in a technical foul against LeBron.

Victor Oladipo sank the free throw, but that was about as good as it would get for the Pacers, who relinquished the lead 90 seconds later and never recovered.

The Cavaliers finally got solid production from their reserves – with Jordan Clarkson breaking out with 12 points on 5-for-9 shooting, including a stellar second quarter in which he went 4-of-4 from the floor, 2-for-2 from long-range.

Cleveland also got productive minutes off the bench from Jeff Green – who finished with eight points, four boards and four assists – Rodney Hood – who added six points – and Larry Nance Jr. – who chipped in with six points, three boards, a pair of steals and a block in 15 minutes of work.

”It means a lot to Rodney, Jordan and Larry,” praised LeBron after the win. “It’s their first opportunity in the postseason. It was a must win for us in a hostile environment. For them to play the way they did meant a lot.”

Jordan Clarkson


Jordan Clarkson adds 12 points off the bench to help even the series.

JR Smith also notched double-figures in the win – netting 12 points and five boards, going 4-of-10 from long-distance, including a 61-foot bomb from beyond halfcourt to close out the first quarter. Smith was also rock-solid on the defensive end against Victor Oladipo, who went 5-for-20 from the field on Sunday night.

The Pacers did feature seven players in double-figures in Game 5, with sophomore big man Domantas Sabonis leading the way with 19 points off the bench, going 9-of-12 from the floor. Thaddeus Young chipped in with 12 points and led both squads with 16 boards.

The Pacers led the Cavaliers in second-chance scoring, 17-9, but the Cavaliers were better on the break – outrunning Indiana, 17-7, in the pivotal Game 5 decision.

Turning Point -- Kyle Korver was a one-man turning point on Sunday night – saving his best for last in a stretch that saw him can two huge triples and a pair of free throws in the closing moments.

The 15-year vet – who took the collar in six three-point attempts in Games 1 and 3 – went 2-of-2 from deep and 2-of-2 from the stripe in the crucial closing stretch in Game 4, turning a three-point deficit into a six-point lead before Oladipo stopped the bleeding on a triple with 16 seconds to play.

Jeff Green split a pair of free throws with nine seconds remaining to make it a two-possession game with nine seconds to go that sealed the deal for Cleveland.

By the Numbers.727 … Cavaliers’ winning percentage – (24-9) – regular and (now) postseason with Jose Calderon starting at the point. Calderon, who got a DNP-CD on Friday night, was pressed into service with George Hill still suffering from back spasms – finishing with five points, two boards and a pair of assist in the win.

QuotableCoach Lue, on Sunday’s critical Game 4 in Indiana …

”We came on the road in a hostile environment and got a big win after a letdown last game. I thought we played good enough to win that last game. The guys thought that as well. When you lose a tough game like that it’s hard to bounce back, especially on the road. It’s just tribute to our guys’ character, who they are and we bounced back and won a tough game.”

Up Next -- After taking Sunday’s thriller and evening their First Round matchup at two games apiece, the Wine & Gold return home for a critical Game 5 matchup at The Q on Wednesday night (7 p.m.). From there, it’s back to Bankers Life Fieldhouse for Game 6 on Friday night (time TBD). Should the series go the distance, Game 7 takes place next Sunday back in Cleveland (time TBD).

Calls of the Game

#CavsPacers Game 4 Postgame: Jeff Green - April 22, 2018

Cavaliers forward Jeff Green spoke with the media following Sunday's 104-100 Game 4 victory over the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Cavs at Pacers Game 4 - April 22, 2018

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#CavsPacers Game 4 Postgame: Jeff Green - April 22, 2018

Cavaliers forward Jeff Green spoke with the media following Sunday's 104-100 Game 4 victory over the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Apr 23, 2018  |  03:24

#CavsPacers Game 4 Postgame: Jose Calderon - April 22, 2018

Cavaliers guard Jose Calderon spoke with the media following Sunday's 104-100 Game 4 victory over the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Apr 23, 2018  |  03:24

#CavsPacers Game 4 Postgame: JR Smith - April 22, 2018

Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith spoke with the media following Sunday's 104-100 Game 4 victory over the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Apr 22, 2018  |  03:48

#CavsPacers Game 4 Postgame: Jordan Clarkson - April 22, 2018

Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson spoke with the media following Sunday's 104-100 Game 4 victory over the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Apr 22, 2018  |  03:17

#CavsPacers Game 4 Postgame: Kevin Love - April 22, 2018

Cavaliers forward/center Kevin Love spoke with the media following Sunday's 104-100 Game 4 victory over the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Apr 22, 2018  |  01:52

#CavsPacers Game 4 Postgame: LeBron James - April 22, 2018

Cavaliers forward LeBron James spoke with the media following Sunday's 104-100 Game 4 victory over the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Apr 22, 2018  |  09:00

#CavsPacers Game 4 Postgame: Coach Lue - April 22, 2018

Cavaliers Head Coach Tyronn Lue spoke with the media following Sunday's 104-100 Game 4 victory over the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Apr 22, 2018  |  06:54

#CavsPacers Game 4 On-Court Postgame: Kyle Korver - April 22, 2018

Cavaliers guard Kyle Korver spoke with FOX Sports Ohio's Allie Clifton following Sunday's 104-100 Game 4 victory over the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Apr 22, 2018  |  02:10

LeBron James (32 points) Highlights in Game 4

LeBron James scores a game-high 32 points to go along with team-highs of 13 rebounds and seven assists in the Cavs Game 4 win.
Apr 22, 2018  |  00:00

Korver Nets Back-to-Back Treys

Kyle Korver nets back-to-back triples to put the Cavs ahead late in the fourth quarter.
Apr 22, 2018  |  00:21

LBJ Swats Oladipo

Victor Oladipo thinks he has an easy bucket but LeBron James is there to swat his shot away.
Apr 22, 2018  |  00:08

Korver with the Corner Triple

Jose Calderon finds Kyle Korver in the corner for the triple.
Apr 22, 2018  |  00:15

Nance Jr. Throws the Hammer Down

LeBron James throws the nice bounce pass to Larry Nance Jr. for the slam.
Apr 22, 2018  |  00:28

Nance Jr. with the Fast Break Flush

LeBron James finds Larry Nance Jr. streaking down the floor for the fast break finish at the rim.
Apr 22, 2018  |  00:08

Featured Highlight: JR Swishes from Beyond Halfcourt

JR Smith nets the heave from 61 feet to close out the first quarter in Game 4.
Apr 22, 2018  |  00:20

LBJ Muscles Home the And-One

LeBron James snatches the offensive rebound and goes right back up to finish the layup, plus the foul, in this ‘More Driven Highlight’ driven by Goodyear.
Apr 22, 2018  |  00:22

#CavsPacers Game 4 Shootaround: LeBron James - April 22, 2018

Cavaliers forward LeBron James spoke with the media prior to Sunday's Game 4 shootaround at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indiana.
Apr 22, 2018  |  03:15

#CavsPacers Game 4 Shootaround: Coach Lue - April 22, 2018

Cavaliers Head Coach Tyronn Lue spoke with the media prior to Sunday's Game 4 shootaround at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indiana.
Apr 22, 2018  |  01:56

GAME 4 RECAP: Cavs 104, Pacers 100

LeBron James led the way with 32 points and 13 rebounds as the Cavaliers beat the Pacers in Game 4.
Apr 22, 2018  |  00:03

Cavs.com Gets You Hyped for Game 4 at Indiana

Cavs.com and KeyBank get you ready for Game 4 of the Wine & Gold's Eastern Conference First Round matchup against the Indiana Pacers.
Apr 21, 2018  |  00:59

"We need to continue to fight."

Cavaliers forward/center Kevin Love spoke with the media following Saturday’s practice at Indiana as the Wine & Gold prep for Game 4 against the Pacers.
Apr 21, 2018  |  04:47

"We will be focused and ready to go."

Cavaliers Head Coach Tyronn Lue spoke with the media following Saturday’s practice at Indiana as the Wine & Gold prep for Game 4 against the Pacers.
Apr 21, 2018  |  08:00
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