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LBJ's trey closes out Pacers for sweep

The Cavaliers were able to complete the sweep against the Pacers as LeBron James hit a long three-point shot in the final moments to give the Cavs the lead and the win

LeBron James just keeps on rolling.
James and the Cavaliers completed the 4-0 sweep over the Indiana Pacers, 106-102  at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

James has now won 21-straight games in a row in the first round and he has not lost a first round game since he was playing for the Miami Heat, when they lost to the New York Knicks in the first round in 2012. James passed Tim Duncan for the most series sweeps (10) in NBA history

It was James' heroics once again as he hit a long three--his only trey of the game made--to give the Cavaliers a 103-102 lead with just 1:08 to play after the Pacers came from 13 points down in the fourth quarter to take the lead. 

James finished with 33 points and 10 rebounds, while Kyrie Irving had 28 points. Deron Williams came off the bench and scored 14 points in just 13 minutes of play, including 12 points in the first half. 

As has been the case far too often, the Cavaliers gave up the lead in the fourth quarter.

The Cavs led 96-83 with 9:29 to play as James hit a layup and was fouled and made the free throw. The Pacers promptly scored seven-straight to cut the Cavs lead to just six at 96-90 with 8:09 to play.

Paul George hit a trey to make it 98-93 with  6:26 to play before Kyrie Irving hit a jumper to make it 100-93. A Jeff Teague three cut the deficit to 100-96 with 5:25 to play and the Pacers took the lead, 102-100 when Thaddeus Young tipped in a missed shot by George with 1:31 left to give Indiana their first lead since it was 28-27 early in the game.

However, James hit his long trey to regain the lead for the Cavs at 103-102, which they were able to make stand up. On the next Pacers possession, James stole the ball from Young and attempted another three, but Irving got the long rebound and Lance Stephenson fouled Kyle Korver. After Korver made both free throws for a 105-102 lead with 19.1 to play, the Pacers had a chance to tie the game, but George's three was off the mark. James was fouled with one second to play and he made one shot to finish the sweep at 106-102.

Irving led the Cavs with 16 points in the third quarter as Cleveland built a 13-point lead. James had a track down blocked shot on a breakaway by Young and then the Cavs pushed their lead to 12 points with 4:46 to play in the third quarter as Irving drove the baseline and banked in a lay up off the glass and was fouled by Teague, who promptly picked up a technical foul. Irving turned it into a four-point play and a 81-69 lead after a 13-4 run. Cleveland led 88-77 after three quarters. 

Stephenson led the Pacers with 22 points, while George finished with 15.

Tip Ins

Deron Will: Deron Williams gave the Cavs a lift in the first half with 12 points on 2-of-2 from three-point range. He finished with 14 points in just 13:16. He was 4-of-4 from the field. 

3 Ball: The Cavs shot just 29.0 percent from three-point range on just 9-of-31. They didn't start much better as they were 28.6 pct. in the first half on 4-of-14. The 'Big 3' combined for 0-of-6 in the first half from long range and finished just 3-of-15. Kyrie Irving (1-of-7), LeBron James (1-of-3) and Kevin Love (1-of-5). Deron Williams was the only player to hit more than one trey and he was 2-of-2. 

LBJ: James had 20 points  in the first half. James is 12-0 in first round and has won 21-straight in the first round. His last loss was against the Knicks in 2012 when he was with the Miami Heat. He finished with 33 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double.

Kyrie's Game: After shooting just 4-of-17 in game 3, Irving was 10-of-25 in Game 4. He was just 1-of-7 from distance.

Love Boards: Kevin Love scored just five points, but had 16 rebounds. He was just 1-of-5 from three-point range. Tristan Thompson had 11 rebounds and LeBron James had 10.

Not Good: The Cavs had more turnovers than assists as they had just 11 assists with 13 turnovers. 

Sitting Out: Tyronn Lue played a nine-man rotation. Derrick Williams, Richard Jefferson, James Jones, Dahntay Jones and Kay Felder  did not play.

Next Up: The Cavs will await the winner of the Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks series. Currently, the series is tied at two games each. 


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