CLEVELAND– LeBron James’ last-minute 3-pointed gave the Cavaliers the win over the Pacers Wednesday. The final score was 98-95.
Cleveland leads the best-of-seven series, 3-2.
While Indiana was up by 10 at one point during the first, the Cavs fought back in the last 2 minutes of the quarter. LeBron James had 14 points and 4 rebounds after one.
James cooled off in the second, but key shots by Kyle Korver and Kevin Love kept Cleveland within striking distance.
The Pacers have relied heavily on high energy coming into the second half. The Cavs were ready for it this time, tying the game at 56.
Cleveland took the lead and extended it to 11 with a few minutes left in the third.
The Cavaliers’ defense was solid, forcing the Pacers to make bad passes. Unfortunately, the wine and gold couldn’t get their shots to drop. With about 2 minutes left, the Pacers cut the Cavs’ lead down to just 2.
James has carried the Cavs during this round. He’s scored 130 points over four games, putting up 46 in the Game 2 win.
He got help in Game 4. Kyle Korver’s 3-pointers were crucial in the narrow, 104-100 victory. J.R. Smith and Jordan Clarkson also put up double-digit numbers.
Game 6 is Friday in Indianapolis. Game 7, if necessary, is set for Sunday in Cleveland.