Cavaliers win 104-100 at Indiana to even series at 2

Ruben Hill
April 23, 2018

James finished with 32 points on 12 of 22 shooting, while Korver wound up with 18 points.

Backup center Domantas Sabonis led IN with 19 points, while all five starters scored IN double digits. Over half of the Pacers' shots in the final frame came from outside the paint despite all of the bricks, with Victor Oladipo forcing up a number of questionable shots as part of an ugly performance.

What now becomes a pivotal Game 5 resumes on Wednesday night back at Quicken Loans Arena with the contest set to tip off just after 7 p.m. ET.

The Cleveland Cavaliers had to be suffering déjà vu as the Indiana Pacers erased an early 16-point deficit to take a fourth-quarter lead in Game 4 of their first-round series.

James has never lost a series in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. "We still made shots".

IN shot 32 percent in the fourth quarter overall and made only two of its 10 3-point attempts.

Victor Oladipo struggled for IN, scoring 17 points but shooting just 25 percent from the floor. "Just got to go back to the drawing board and get better". And the Pacers, once again, played with no sense of fear for the three-time defending Eastern Conference champions.

Unlike in Game 3 when the Cavs wasted a 17-point lead to end up losing by two points, the team was able to overcome it this time around with James and Korver carrying the team at crunch time.

This time, James and Korver made sure the Cavaliers held on to win for the first time in four tries in Indianapolis this season. He forced a series of shots down the stretch and occasionally looked uncomfortable in the face of Cleveland's more aggressive double-teaming.

Simply put, the Cavaliers need a lot more from Love if they're going to make a deep playoff run.

Cleveland extended the lead 76-68 lead with 4:41 left in the third only to watch the Pacers score the last six points of the quarter, tie the score on Lance Stephenson's 11-footer to open the fourth and then take the lead on Sabonis' 3-pointer with 10:51 left.

The game was tied at 92 with about five minutes left when Beal - who led Washington with 31 points - drew his sixth foul on a play in which he and DeMar DeRozan collided while Toronto had the ball. Green finally sealed the win with two free throws after Stephenson was called for a foul. The third quarter, once again, was problematic. IN committed only nine turnovers but was outscored 17-13 off turnovers. Draymond Green flirted with a triple-double, scoring nine points with 18 rebounds and nine assists, but Golden State shot just 38 per cent from the floor.

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