Indiana Pacers coach Nate McMillan, Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey, and LeBron James' own coach Ty Lue all speak of him as the Cleveland Cavaliers' "quarterback."This fierce first-round NBA Playoff series with the Pacers, now tied, 2-2, after the Cavs' 104-100 win Sunday night, often seems to devolve into sort of LeBron - "Boo!"
LeBron James had 32 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists in the game.
The Cavaliers opened up a 16-point advantage midway through the second quarter and led by 15 late in the quarter, only to close the half poorly.
Game 4 for the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday followed numerous ongoing trends of their first-round series with the Indiana Pacers. Cleveland outscored IN 17-7 on fast-break points and became the first team IN the series to top 100 points. Game 5 is set for Wednesday at 7 pm ET.
It was just the 16th technical foul called on James in 221 career playoff games. To that point, Cleveland had only scored 20 points in roughly 20 minutes of second-half basketball.
"Honestly, it was nothing", Jeff Green told ESPN after Stephenson was called for a foul on him with 9.0 seconds left in the game when he tried to force a jump ball and ended up bringing Green to the floor. With a 2-1 series lead and Game 4 tipping off tonight in Indianapolis, it's all there for the taking. The bucket came one play after Smith committed a costly foul against Pacers All-Star Victor Oladipo, which led to a pair of free throws.
Korver, who started the game 0-for-4 beyond the arc, connected on two from long range in the final 3:46 and James went to the basket twice for layups as the Cavs gave themselves a 101-95 cushion with 1:52 to play. You want to come in and play well and win no matter what.
Sunday night's encounter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse will definitely be the biggest game of the series and the Pacers know they won't have many better opportunities to finally dethrone the King. "We still made shots".
In game three, the Cavaliers lost 92-90, resulting in a push.
They are going to use the neuralyzers from Men in Black to make sure everybody forgets about the second half of game 3.
The Pacers went through their veterans - Darren Collison and Thad Young - to whittle Cleveland's deficit back down.
Love is by no means a rim protecter, but he has to do a better job of limiting the looks the Pacers can get inside.