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Sunday's National Basketball Association roundup: Pacers get the jump on Cavaliers

16 April 2018

Oladipo said Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert provided him with extra motivation, citing his offseason remark that IN should have received better talent from Oklahoma City IN return for Paul George. The Cavs were no match to the Pacers, as the latter torched to an 18-point win, 98-80, in their first post-season showdown.

Oladipo was the best player on the court Sunday, when IN beat Cleveland 98-80 to go up 1-0 IN their first-round series. That's because breakout star Victor Oladipo would go off for 32 points on 11-of-19 shooting. They only forced two on defense, but IN was more than willing to trade punches with Cleveland IN Game 1. "But that was so long ago".

"We've been playing like this all year", Oladipo said. You can't control his opinion.

"Right now, I'm focused on game two", said Oladipo.

Larry Nance Jr. (six points), Rodney Hood (two ), George Hill (two), and Jordan Clarkson (two) were the only Cavs to add to the scoreboard in the first quarter besides James (two points). They did not panic when LeBron James and his crew revved up in each of the final three quarters.

"We were definitely mad", Stephenson said. His physical play steadied a rough overall bench performance. It's just that it hasn't been magnified. "Today may have been a shock to some people, but we've been doing this all year". "You could say it added fuel to the fire". We've been playing our butts off. X-rays came back negative, but it will be something to monitor going forward. "We're planning on winning". That's why we came to this series. The Pacers won all three overtime games they played this year. "They were aggressive from game one". Among that group was Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, who said the Pacers could have done better.

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But James projected confidence looking ahead to Game 2. I don't care what problems he is dealing with outside the court, you need to play him more in this series.

By the time the Finals roll around, we will have forgotten about this minor setback. He made a couple of 3s, which is going to happen. You can't simulate what's going on out there. We tried to contain him as best we could. Over the remainder of the period, they managed to chip away at that lead by preventing the Pacers from hitting any of their field-goal attempts for a seven-minute span.

IN coach Nate McMillan acknowledged that he kept Stephenson on somewhat of a short leash.

Cleveland was ice cold out of the gates and things didn't get better as the game wore on.

Gilbert was assumed then to be still unhappy over his own team's failed effort to acquire George, reportedly after he thought a deal had been struck in June to bring the all-star swingman to Cleveland in a three-way trade that would have shipped Kevin Love to Denver and sent Gary Harris and some other pieces to the Pacers. "He's a very coachable kid", McMillan said. However, he added, "Now, I'm sure our guys have heard that". But I haven't used that type of information as bulletin board material. "We knew that the eyes were going to be on both he and LeBron. That has been the motivation from this group".

Sunday's National Basketball Association roundup: Pacers get the jump on Cavaliers