James finished the game with 24 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds but was not able to prevent his side from going behind in the series as the Pacers won 98-80 after a blistering 33-14 lead after the first quarter, with guard Victor Oladipo scoring 32 points for the visitors.
IN was in control from the outset, opening a 21-point lead in the first quarter and leading by 23 in the third. There wasn't much to talk about offensively for the Cavaliers in the contest: LeBron James continued his solid play as he posted a triple-double with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists.
Game 2 takes place Wednesday night at Quicken Loans Arena.
Boston Celtics forward Al Horford (42) shoots the ball over Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) during game one of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs between the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks at TD Garden.
Clarkson shot just 2-of-6 and Hood scored just seven points on 3-of-7 shooting. Green's minus-15 in his 27 minutes was the worst on the team, as he contributed almost nothing in the humiliating Game 1 loss.
This is all new to James, who had won 21 consecutive first-round games and lost a postseason for the first time in his 13th playoffs. Overall, the Pacers will be satisfied with their performance as they simply outhustled the Cavaliers on both ends of the floor and there was just no running them down. Those Pacers, though, didn't have Oladipo or the balance of this Indy squad, which may lack experience but not confidence. IN won the opening game of the series 98-80 on Sunday afternoon.More news: 'I'm sorry': Beattie responds after Commonwealth Games closing ceremony 'stuff up'
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"We got out hard defensively, showing LeBron some bodies", Oladipo said.
Oladipo led the way for the Pacers with 11 points on three-of-six shooting, including a three-for-four mark from long distance, in the first quarter. "He just has to run the floor more ... just play faster and play with more energy". IN was swept by Cleveland in last year's opening round. "We've got to be ready for anything they throw our way".
"They were more aggressive", James said. For us, it's about going out and giving all we have playing the game the right way, playing the game together.
Stephenson, when asked about his contributions to the Pacers' emphatic 98-80 win, described his energy as "contagious".
"We expected them to come out and establish themselves in last night's game", McMillan said. Love had just nine points, six of which came in the third quarter when Cleveland cut the deficit, but he went scoreless in the fourth.
Paul George and Russell Westbrook led the Thunder to a 116-108 game-one win over the Jazz. "I'm just glad we got this first win". "This is a different season, a good opportunity for him to show where he's at again.". The Warriors' depth and star power should help them overcome Curry's absence in this series, but the defending champions will need their star point guard by the time Houston come calling. I also think that coach Tyronn Lue will limit the amount of playing time that Jeff Green gets and increase the minutes of Tristan Thompson.