Cavaliers beat Pacers 106-102, advance to Eastern Conference Semifinals


JR Smith #5 of the Cleveland Cavaliers defends against Paul George #13 of the Indiana Pacers in the first half of Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs against at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on April 23, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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INDIANAPOLIS -- LeBron James made a 3-pointer with 68 seconds left Sunday and the Cleveland Cavaliers hung on for a 106-102 series-clinching victory at Indiana.

James finished with 33 points and 10 rebounds as he became the first player under the current playoff format to win 21 straight first-round games. He also set a league record with his 10th career playoff sweep.

At the end of one quarter on Sunday, the Pacers were ahead, 24-22. Kyrie Irving had 10 points, but the rest of the team picked up steam in the next quarter.

Deron Williams was 2 for 2 on three pointers for 12 points at the break. LeBron James led the team in scoring with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Cavs are up, 58-52.

The third quarter belonged to Irving and LeBron's chase-down block.

After taking a 96-83 lead with 9:29 to go, the Cavs found themselves in a 102-100 deficit with 1:31 left.

But James answered with the go-ahead 3-pointer and Cleveland sealed the win on James' free throw with 1 second left.

Lance Stephenson scored 22 points and Paul George added 15 but missed a 3-pointer that could have forced overtime in the closing seconds. It's the first time the Pacers have lost a series 4-0 in their NBA history.

In Game 3, Cleveland trailed Indiana by 25 at halftime, but a big run in the third quarter cut that lead to the single digits. LeBron James recorded his 17th career playoff triple-double with 41 points.

The Cavs now move on to play the winner of the Bucks-Raptors series, which is tied at 2-2.

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