Cavaliers go up 2-0 on Pacers

Hazel Gray
April 20, 2017

Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith left Game 2 of the Cavs' first-round series against the Indiana Pacers at halftime Monday with a left hamstring injury and will not return, according to the team.

Then, after Tuesday's 107-101 loss, George called on longtime friend Lance Stephenson to show more self-control and implored second-year center Myles Turner to get more physical. IN is 0-9 when dropping the first two games in a series. He's upset that the Pacers have to fight their way back from a 2-0 deficit against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

In Game 2, however, it was Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love that did the bulk of the damage to put the game out of reach.

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Kyrie Irving scored 37 points, Kevin Love added 27 and the Cleveland Cavaliers avoided another fourth-quarter collapse in Game 2, beating the Indiana Pacers 117-111 on Monday night to take a 2-0 lead in the series. The Pacers came away with a 42-40 record in the regular season. Even when LeBron James checked him, George didn't struggle to get his shots off and get into the lane. On the third quarter, Pacers' head coach Nate McMillan chose to put Stephenson in the rotation, in which he was assigned to guard Cavalier's power forward, Kevin Love.

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James added 10 rebounds and seven assists, but had eight of Cleveland's 19 turnovers. And if they can't dig themselves out of an 0-2 deficit when the first-round series resumes in Indianapolis on Thursday night, George and in will be facing an elimination game Sunday.

During the early minutes of the first half, both the Cavs and the Pacers were exchanging shots, ending the first and second quarters with a closed score of 63-58 Cleveland lead.

"I thought we lost our composure and got frantic out there", McMillan said of his team's third-quarter meltdown.

It was the first time that Irving, Love and James each scored at least 25 points in a playoff game since the trio joined forces in advance of the 2015 season. The Pacers went 29-19 at home during the regular season.

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