Pacers blows out Cavs, force Game 7

first_img‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ TIP-INSCavaliers: The 34-point margin was Cleveland’s worst playoff loss since James returned. … The Cavs finished 1-4 in Indianapolis this season after falling to 4-6 in the season series. … Cleveland has only lost eight playoff games against the East since 2015 — three in this series. … Last year, the Cavs averaged 116.2 points per game. This year, they’ve only reached triple digits once in the six games. … Jeff Green scored 13 points and Rodney Hood had 12 as the Cavs committed 15 turnover and were 12 of 38 on 3s.Pacers: Have not lost three straight games since snapping a five-game skid in early January. … The Pacers’ three wins have come by 18, two and 34 points. The Cavs’ wins have come by margins of three, four and three points. … Indiana has been eliminated by James’ teams in four of its last six playoff appearances. … The Pacers produced their highest point total in the series Friday. … Seven players scored in double figures: Domantas Sabonis had 19, Darren Collison had 15, Lance Stephenson had 12 and Bojan Bogndanovic and Young each had 10. … Indiana was 15 of 30 on 3s.CALL IT AS THEY SEE ITPacers coach Nate McMillan artfully dodged a pregame question about whether he thought LeBron James got the bulk of close calls in the series.Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett did not. Hogsett signed an executive order declaring that “unlike some cities, goaltending remains an illegal action in the game of basketball – for all players, on all teams, without exception,” he wrote. The proclamation continued: “Indiana is the center of the basketball universe, and sometimes that means we have an obligation to stand up and defend the basic rules of the game.”But when McMillan was asked about the calls, he told a story about splitting his team up in practice and that even then the starters or star players tend to get advantageous calls.“Sometimes it’s human nature to have this player and this player and give it to this player,” he said playfully without identifying names.HILL’S BATTLECavaliers point guard George Hill missed his third straight game but does appear to be on the mend. Indiana Pacers’ Myles Turner celebrates during the second half of Game 6 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Friday, April 27, 2018, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)INDIANAPOLIS — Victor Oladipo scored 28 points and posted the first postseason triple-double of his career Friday night, leading the Indiana Pacers to a 121-87 blowout over the Cleveland Cavaliers to even the series at three.Game 7 will be played Sunday in Cleveland.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast James took a shot, too, cutting the side of his left eye when he ran into Thaddeus Young’s elbow on a drive late in the first half. No foul was called and James returned with a bandage protecting his face.But with a relaxed Oladipo figuring out how to defeat the Cavs’ double teams, he rediscovered his shooting touch. Oladipo finished with 13 rebounds, 10 assists and was 11 of 19 from the field and 6 of 8 on 3s to keep the Pacers in charge most of the game.After the Pacers erased a 22-17 deficit with a 12-2 run, the Cavs never led again.Indiana’s 10-2 spurt midway through the second quarter made it 46-36. The Pacers opened the third by scoring the first five points to make it 62-47 and then they poured it on.Myles Turner’s 3-pointer with 7:03 left in the third made it a 20-point game and the Pacers closed the quarter on a 10-1 run to extend the lead to 92-67.ADVERTISEMENT Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMCcenter_img The three-time defending Eastern Conference champs again were led by LeBron James with 22 points, seven assists and five rebounds despite sitting out the entire fourth quarter. Nobody else scored more than 13 points as the Cavaliers lost their first closeout game in 14 tries dating to 2009. James had won 11 consecutive closeout games and is 12-0 all-time in the first-round series.With its season at stake, Indiana played hard, aggressive and tough.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownAnd it showed with a record-breaking victory margin.Kevin Love hurt his left wrist on a hard fall midway through the second quarter and wound up scoring just seven points while shooting 3 of 10 from the field. LATEST STORIES He participated in the Cavs’ morning shootaround, with a wrap around his injured back. And he participated in a pregame workout before he was deactivated.In fact, 90 minutes before the game started, coach Tyronn Lue still didn’t know whether Hill would play.“Not sure,” he said. “He had a workout so we’ll see.”UP NEXTGame 7 will be played Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Down at half, Raptors eliminate Wizards thanks to reserves Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ View commentslast_img

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