He dished out 5 assists against each matchup, but looked for his shot more frequently against Stephenson. He finished Game 1 with an insignificant triple double.
Hill scored six points, and Smith, Hood and Jose Calderon each scored five points for the Cavs. Cleveland's bench, a season long bright spot, has scored just 47 points thus far. They also shot 8 of 34 from 3-point range in Game 1.
Up Next - With the series knotted at one game apiece, the First Round matchup shifts to Indianapolis, where the Central rivals will square off for Game 3 on Friday night (7 p.m. ET) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
James, who didn't take his first shot in Game 1 until 1:24 was left in the first quarter, took his team's first eight this time around and made seven of them. Dropped to 22-22 in Game 2s, including 6-18 on the road.
The 2018 NBA Playoffs didn't get off to a hot start for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
IN would eventually cut the lead back down to three - but would get no closer the rest of the way. When LeBron is off the court, The Cavaliers are getting outscored by over 30 points per 100 possessions. Oladipo was 11-of-19 from the field with six 3s, setting a career high for playoff points.
Much like in Game 1, it was slippery fingers and a failure to return fire at Holiday that doomed Portland.
James converted 17 of his 24 shots to finish the game with 46 points - 29 of which had arrived by half-time. Georges 3-pointer put the Thunder up 69-67. Game 3 will be Saturday (Sunday NZT) in Utah.
Rudy Gobert finished with 14 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks and 1 traditional assist. Turner leads in rebounds with 8.0 while Darren Collison tops in assists with 6.0 per game. James and Love combined for two points - they belonged to James, on two free throws with 1:52 left. It was the 20th time James has scored at least 40 in the playoffs. James even scored the first 13 of the game after being held scoreless in the first during game one.
James scored 20 on 9-of-12 shooting in the opening quarter as the Cavaliers grabbed a 33-18 lead.
Karl-Anthony Towns can't seem to figure out Clint Capela.
His display was exactly what head coach Tyronn Lue was asking for in the build-up to the game as he wanted a more aggressive start which would set the tone.
The Rockets were up by 15 at halftime and opened the second half with a 10-2 run to make it 65-42 with about nine minutes left in the third. Wiggins scored 8 points on a flawless 3-3 shooting (1-1 from three) against Paul, but was held to just 2 points on 1-5 shooting against Harden.
No one else had more than six points for Cleveland, which must win at least one game in IN to win the series and keep alive its hopes of reaching the NBA Finals for a fourth straight year.
And the chance to win Game 2 was still there, but Victor Oladipo's foul trouble was the difference maker.
In a game decided by 3 points, a team must take advantage of all scoring opportunities.
James' early assault staggered the Pacers.
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