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Pacers deal LeBron 1st-ever loss in playoff opener

17 April 2018, 02:25 | Anna Jefferson

NBA play-offs: Cavaliers shocked by Pacers

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"The oldest National Basketball Association playoff cliche snaked its way into the Cavaliers" locker room Sunday.Hasn't been around these parts much, because, well, losing Game 1 of a first-round series is not something they do.

Victor Oladipo scored a game-high 32 points while Myles Turner added 16 points and 8 rebounds as IN jumped out to a 32-14 lead IN the first quarter and were hardly challenged outside of a 27-point third quarter by Cleveland.

IN was in control from the outset, opening a 21-point lead in the first quarter and leading by 23 in the third.

James finished with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists for his 20th playoff triple double and 98th double double.

Game 2 takes place Wednesday night at Quicken Loans Arena. That was a big change for them: remember, last season in Game 3 of their series with Cleveland, they blew a 26 point lead and lost by five.

Clarkson shot just 2-of-6 and Hood scored just seven points on 3-of-7 shooting. I mean he was really feeling it this game and I simply don't think he will have that efficient and great of a shooting performance this series.

And that's fine! LeBron in the first round of the playoffs has been won of the surest bets in sports; he hadn't lost a game in the opening round since 2o12. He had averaged more than 27 points per game in the playoffs for the Pacers the past two years. As a team, the Cavaliers shot just 38 percent from the field and eight of 34 from the three-point line but maybe we should just credit the Pacers' defense for this one because the Cavaliers certainly had plenty of wide open looks in that first quarter.

IN led 28-10 before gaining a possession off of a series of missed LeBron James shots and sprinting out in transition. I thought (the Pacers) came in and they attacked us, hit us first and we were never able to recover.

We already knew, but the loss was a sledgehammer between the eyes about how much the Cavaliers will miss Kyrie Irving in the playoffs. Though, few people expected them to win in Cleveland in Game 1. Usually in playoffs, those teams win", coach Tyronn Lue said."They were more aggressive". Maybe it shows them some obvious adjustments to make moving forward. You obviously have take the good with the bad when it comes to Lance but at least the Pacers know he isn't going to just disappear in this series.

"We had some guys in their first time out there playing in this setting and they definitely". That's why we came to play this game is to win, not just to come here and just be OK. "We got a couple of steals early, which we didn't convert on, but for the most part, defensively, we were pretty good". "You guys always ask me, 'Is there anything you can tell them?' Listen, experience is the best teacher, and they got it today". No other starter broke the double figures mark in scoring though Kevin Love did grab 17 rebounds: J.R. Smith (15 points) and Larry Nance Jr.

The worst example of the ineptitude was power forward Jeff Green, who went 0-for-7 from the floor - including 0-for-3 from behind the 3-point arc - for zero points and a starting lineup-worst minus-15 rating in almost 27 minutes played.

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