Cavaliers drop Game 1 to Pacers in opening round of NBA Playoffs

CLEVELAND– The Cleveland Cavaliers fell to the Indiana Pacers in Game 1 of the first round of the NBA Playoffs. The final score was 98-80.

There was some good news. LeBron James moved up to No. 2 NBA playoffs field goals made list, passing Michael Jordan. James also recorded his 20th playoff triple-double.

The Cavs were out of sorts from the start, missing all of their 3-pointers in the first quarter. That paired with the Pacers 14-point run put Cleveland in a double-digit deficit early.

James didn’t attempt a shot until there were under 2 minutes left in the first. The Cavs trailed Indiana 14-33 to end the quarter.

In the second, the Cavaliers started to turn it around. George Hill hit a 3 and the Cavs went on a 7-0 run.

After two quarters, James had 14, but he didn’t get much help. Kevin Love only put up 3 and starter Jeff Green did not score. The Cavs were still down, 38-55, at the half.

J.R. Smith and Larry Nance Jr. pitched in to start the second half, as they chipped away at the Pacers. A big play by Nance got the crowd back into it and got Indiana’s lead down to 10.

At one point, the Pacers were ahead by just 7. That didn’t last long and they battled back.

Game 2 of the series is Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Q.

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