Lue happy with defense down stretch in win

The Cavs came up big getting stops when needed in the 109-108 win over the Pacers.

CLEVELAND-Despite some of the defensive lapses in the game, Tyronn Lue felt the defense came up big getting stops at the end of the game when needed.

"We had a chance to kind of put the game away but missed several point blank lay ups," Lue said. "Down the stretch, to get that last stop. Kyrie came up with two big stops. He made two key stops, with  a stop of (Jeff) Teague and a strip of (Myles) Turner. It was good to see us get stops down the stretch." 

Tip Ins

Poor Free Throwing: The Cavs shot a horrendous 14-of-27 from the free throw line for 51.9 percent. Meanwhile, the Pacers were 85 percent on 17-of-20. LeBron James was 6-of-9, Kevin Love 5-of-8 and Kyrie Irving missed his only attempt. 

No Shump: Iman Shumpert did not play, nor did Derrick Williams, Dahntay Jones or James Jones. Lue said the rotation just didn't work to get him in to the game, as nine players saw action. 

LBJ: James came into the first game of the playoffs needing 416 points to become the all-time leading scorer in NBA postseason history. James had 32 points, 13 assists and six rebounds. 

Turnovers: The Cavs had 11 turnovers that resulted in 19 points for the Pacers. LeBron James and Kevin Love each had three turnovers. 

Helping Out: The Cavs had 26 assists with LeBron James getting half of them with 13. Kyrie Irving added six. 

Chairman of Boards: Tristan Thompson led the Cavs with 13 rebounds and scored eight points. 

3 Ball: The Cavs were 11-of-28 from three-point range for 39.3 percent. Channing Frye was 3-of-4, while LeBron James was 2-of3 and Kevin Love was 2-of-6 after making his first two attempts. Kyrie Irving was just 1-of-9.

Next Up: Game Two of the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs between the Cavs and the Pacers is Monday night at Quicken Loans Arena


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