While James had a triple double (24 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists), Victor Oladipo diced Cleveland's defense for a game-high 32 points, making Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert pay for saying last summer that IN "could have done better" IN the Paul George trade.
Victor Oladipo scored 32 points and IN outplayed Cleveland from the start while pulling off a stunning 98-80 victory Sunday IN the series opener, handing James and the Cavaliers' their first loss IN the opening round IN eight years.
IN led by as many as 23 points and held the Cavs to the lowest points at home this term. The Cavs made only 8 of their 34 three-point attempts.
The Pacers won three of their four regular season games against the Cavs, and after stealing home court, anything is possible.
James had a triple double in a losing cause with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists.
Pacers will snap LeBron James's streak of 21 straight first-round playoff wins. While last year's Cavs were shaky defensively, they were simply a better team than this iteration. Those Pacers, though, didn't have Oladipo (32 points) or the balance of this Indy squad, which may lack experience but not confidence. They put James in a situation he's never seen before: down 0-1 in the first round. Pacers won the game 98-80 to take a 1-0 series lead. And the Pacers were more "aggressive."They were more physical".
It's the continuation of a first-round Eastern Conference playoff matchup between a pair of Central Division rivals. In the first quarter, Nance Jr. had six points and no one else had more than two.
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James had won 21 first-round playoff games in a row until the rout, having never before lost the opener in a first-round National Basketball Association post-season series.
Not surprisingly, fans on social media were quick to pounce on James for his lack of sportsmanship. Also, the play of the Indiana Pacers can not remain at such a high level.
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. "But I get an opportunity to take the two days, me personally, and I hope the guys do the same thing to try to get their minds and their bodies refocused on what we need to do to win a ballgame".
Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe was given a golden opportunity this season, moving from the Suns to Milwaukee, but the mercurial guard did not take advantage of his playoff opportunity, scoring just nine points on four-of-12 shooting. IN came in 15-6 in the playoffs when it wins the opener. How long, exactly? Well, more than five years. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (2,356) tops the list.
LeBron's exit from Cleveland will be easier after first round loss.
Besides LeBron, no Cavs starter finished in double figures. They shot just 25 percent as a team from the field in the opening quarter. Green was 0-for-7 from the field, 0-for-3 from the line and the Cavs were outscored by 15 when he was on the floor.