Irving scores 37, Cavs hold on to beat Pacers 117-111

Cleveland Cavaliers Le Bron James catches a pass against Indiana Pacers Lance Stephenson left and Monta Ellis right in the first half in Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Monday

The Cleveland Cavaliers knew a best-of-seven series with the Indiana Pacers would be physical, and the first two games in the opening round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs have proven to be just that. I didn't say anything that's going to cause any friction.

The Cavaliers boast a number of weapons that, when clicking, make them one of the NBA's most risky teams but their habit of allowing teams back into games could prove costly. "I have to slow down and keep my composure".

The Cavaliers did eventually let up in the fourth quarter, and the Pacers scored 33 points to get the game close again. They had the ball twice with that five-point deficit, but came up empty both times. "Drummond was physical, so I thought they brought a physicality that set a tone for us throughout the playoffs".

For the Pacers, Paul George rocked a PE colorway of his Nike PG1 which tied back perfectly to the team's away uniforms while Monta Ellis went with a navy version of his Air Jordan XXXI.

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After watching C.J. Miles hoist and miss the final and potentially game-winning shot in Game 1, George called Miles out. The Pacers don't have the luxury of falling short in those departments.

This will be the toughest game for the Cavaliers of the whole series, but if they can win Game 3, and crush the hopes and confidence of the Pacers, Game 4 should be a breeze. But individual players are going to have to make individual plays, too. At one point during the fourth quarter, the cameras picked up a shot of Indiana Coach Nate McMillan was seen telling Stephenson that he needed to calm down, and it was obvious to anyone watching that Stephenson was gurgling with frustration. Stephenson scored 16 points against the Cavs in Game 1, then added 13 in Game 2. Six of those came from the foul line, four of them after fouls on Stephenson.

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"He's got to learn to control himself and be in the moment", George said.

"It was my fault", he said. "I was asking for it. CJ took it upon himself". "We'll figure it out".

That's the problem with the Cavs. He passed Mark Price for second place in the third quarter.

Iman Shumpert had played a grand total of zero minutes in the postseason coming into the second half on Monday night, but a hamstring injury to J.R. Smith forced Tyronn Lue's hand and Shump was inserted along with the starters and thrown to the wolves to guard Paul George as his reward for his playing time. And he's upset about what put the Pacers in this hole _ the play of his teammates.

Paul George had 32 points to pace IN once again, with 14 coming IN a fourth quarter that saw the Pacers outscore the Cavs 33-21 and get as close as a four-point deficit with 19.5 seconds left to play.

They'll need more from Turner, though, to be able to do what they're not supposed to do.

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