Cavaliers getting the better version of Deron Williams in playoffs

Lauren Perry
April 25, 2017

WASHINGTON-LeBron James scored 33 points on Sunday as he helped the Cleveland Cavaliers enjoy a series-clinching 106-102 win over the Indiana Pacers, moving into the playoff second round.

Then, on the other end of the floor, James poked the ball loose from Pacers power forward Thaddeus Young, and when he missed a three-pointer on the other end of the floor, point guard Kyrie Irving pulled down his second offensive rebound of the game and got the ball to reserve guard Kyle Korver.

Cleveland won the first contest by just one point and followed that up with wins by just six, five and four to complete the series outscoring the Pacers by just 16 points in total.

As Paul George was double-teamed, he was forced to pass to CJ Miles. I go out every night to try and win a ballgame, do whatever it takes to help my teammates be successful and do whatever it takes to help me be successful.

The Pacers rallied from a 13-point deficit to tie the game but James would answer right back with a go-ahead 3.

Indiana's Paul George had a shot at a potential tying 3-pointer with 4.6 seconds remaining that the league also determined should not have counted because George also moved his pivot foot before starting his dribble.

James' teams have eliminated the Pacers four times in six years and completed the first-four game sweep in Indiana's National Basketball Association history. "We just had to weather the storm once again".

The victory today assured the Cavaliers a full week's rest before either facing the young and powerful Milwaukee Bucks or the familiar Toronto Raptors - the same Raptors who the Cavaliers beat a year ago in the playoffs 4-2.

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Nene made all 12 of his shots and had 10 rebounds.

Over in the Eastern Conference, Isaiah Thomas is playing with a heavy heart due to the recent death of his sister but he still managed to score 33 points as the Boston Celtics beat the Chicago Bulls 104-95.

Kyrie Irving added 28 points for the Cavaliers, who will host either Milwaukee or Toronto in the next round.

Game 1 - The Cavaliers took a 12-point lead into the fourth quarter.

The best-of-seven series resumes Wednesday. James and Irving each had 26 points through 36 minutes, including 16 from Irving during the third quarter. Kevin Love had 11 first-half rebounds.

"What he's been through in the day-to-day is unfathomable the way he has performed on the court", Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. Kerr stayed behind at the team hotel Saturday as Mike Brown guided Golden State to a 119-113 win.

Jimmy Butler had 33 points and nine assists for the Bulls.

Rodney Hood and Joe Ingles also hit huge baskets for Utah down the stretch.

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