CLEVELAND--That's a start.
After staggering to the finish line of the regular season, the Cavaliers turned it on when they needed to in defeating the Indiana Pacers in Game One of the Eastern Conference playoffs first round 109-108 in front of a sold out crowd of 20,562 at Quicken Loans Arena.
The Cavs led most of the game, including a 66-59 lead at halftime. They led by as much as eight points in the first half and extended their lead to 12 points in the third quarter after the Pacers cut lead to two at 80-78, The Cavs went on 10-0 run to take 12-point lead 90-78, including a trey by Channing Frye and a thunder dunk by LeBron James.
In the fourth quarter, the Pacers cut the lead to six at 94-88, but a trey by Deron Williams at the 9:04 mark put the Cavs back up by 10, 98-88. Cleveland led 103-94 when Frye hit a three, but the Pacers went on a 11-0 run to take the lead to 105-103 with 3:26 to play.
The Cavs then had a 6-0 run of their own and led 109-105 before Paul George hit a three with under 40 seconds to play to make it 109-108. James missed an off balance shot and the Pacers had the ball with 20.3 seconds to play. The Pacers came down for the last shot, but Paul George was forced to give the ball up to C.J. Miles, who's jumper went off the rim at the buzzer and the Cavs escaped with the win.
The 'Big 3' of James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love had 72 points with James leading the charge with 32 points. George had 29 points to lead the Pacers.