The first game of the playoffs for the Cavs was vital to getting this team back to the championship caliber play they can be at. They struggled coming into the playoffs, but the first game against the Pacers went much better.
The Pacers had a great end of the season to get into the playoffs and nobody gives them a shot to upset the Cavs; they are going to be dangerous with a chip on their shoulder.
It was a close game going into half-time, Cavs led by seven (66-59), but the feeling was that the Cavs would pull away in the second half.
The third quarter was just like the first two and that meant another quarter of the Cavs beating the Pacers. But, the fourth quarter was dominated by the Pacers, 24-17, and they even led 105-103 with 3:31 left in the game.
After a made three-pointer by Paul George with 40 seconds left, the Pacers only trailed by one, 108-109. They would get a stop on defense and take a timeout with 20 seconds left with a chance to win the game on a last-second shot.
Everyone in the arena thought that George was going to take the shot for the Pacers and that’s exactly what they tried to do. The Cavs smartly double-teamed George when he got the ball and he had no other choice but to pass it to CJ Miles. He got a good look at the buzzer for the win, but it hit the rim and bounced off, the Cavs escaped a near fatal start to the first round and won 109-108.
CJ Miles could have won the game with this shot but missed.
— NBA SKITS (@NBA_Skits) April 15, 2017
The Cavs lead the series 1-0 and will stay at home for the next game Monday.
Following the game, George described the last play and what needed to change.
Paul George kept it a buck. Not one lie toldpic.twitter.com/1hUII5CBAa
— Kip Smithers (@Nicktheegr8) April 15, 2017
LeBron with the mega slam to get the Cleveland fans hyped
— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) April 15, 2017
Paul George hits a clutch three-pointer to pull the Pacers to within 1
— NBA (@NBA) April 15, 2017
LeBron fires a bullet pass to Channing Frye
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) April 15, 2017
- Paul George is a beast (Game 1: 29 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds) . He is also the only hope the Pacers have of taking down the defending champs in this series.
- LeBron elevates his play when his team needs it the most. He had 32 points, 13 assists, and 6 rebounds.
- This is going to be an awesome series and the first game proved that.
- The Cavs have to be careful, because this Pacers team has an underdog style of fight in them.
- Paul George isn’t scared of the Cavs and didn’t hold back before the series even started.