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Cavaliers' JR Smith exits Game 2 with hamstring injury

Frederick Owens | 25 April, 2017, 13:14

This was one of the most complete wins for the club in a while.

The Pacers have continued to force Cleveland's Big 3 to beat them, and the trio has obliged.

"We're right there of what we know can become", James said. The reason for it was just trying to get control of Kyrie by putting [a] bigger defender on him.

Officially, it will go down as the third-largest comeback in playoff history. He passed Mark Price for second place in the third quarter. Bryant had 5,640 points; James now has 5,669. He also drew up another outstanding late-game in-bounds play - springing Kyrie for an almost-uncontested layup with under 30 seconds to play. It got the crowd into it and got the bench into it.

Of course, none of that matters to James right now.

"I feel like I should have been at Coachella", James said after the Cavs 117-111 win over the Pacers. "The only thing that matters is (winning) - that's what I'm here for".

Paul George scored 32 and Jeff Teague 23 for IN, which showed more fight, but has a steep hill to climb to win the series. Tristan Thompson grabbed half of his 10 rebounds off the offensive glass, including a crucial contested board off a Kyrie three-point miss with 48 ticks remaining.

There was a lot to like about Cleveland's defensive effort in the second half, to be fair.

And it still wasn't enough.

Still, James came away encouraged.

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Stevens said Thomas plans to play in Game 2 tonight and then head to Washington state to be with his family and help complete funeral arrangements. Stephenson had a strong workout with Cleveland in January before latching on with in, but coach Tyronn Lue said his recent injury issues - groin surgery and an Achilles issue - dissuaded the Cavs from signing him.

San Antonio had a better start than in Game 1. "To go up 3-0, makes things a lot more hard for those guys".

It didn't start as well for Love as it ended, as the power forward took what looked to be two charges against the Pacers, but both were called as blocking fouls, despite Love being out of the restricted area. During the fourth quarter of the last two games, IN has outscored Cleveland 57-38.

It's also probably too much Cavs for the Pacers as well.

Pacers: Jeff Teague finished with 15 points and seven assists.

Irving led all scorers with 37 points. But the Cavs spectacularly regressed as the Pacers scored their most points in the first half all season, surpassing their 68 at Orlando on April 8.

James affirmed he's playing with an elevated level of confidence even with the No. 2 seed Cavs in such a close series with the No. 7 Pacers, in which Cleveland has won by a total of seven points on its home court through the first two games.

And it didn't have to happen.

"I thought we lost our composure and got frantic out there", McMillan said of his team's third-quarter meltdown.

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