Published: Mon, April 23, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Cavs Make Plays Late, Escape Indiana With Series Tying Victory

Cavs Make Plays Late, Escape Indiana With Series Tying Victory

However, somewhere along the line, the Pacers forgot that you have to come out swinging right away against the greatest player in the world, and when King James sensed it, it was over, as he led his band of troubadours to a 104-100 victory over in and evened up the series at two games a piece, leaving everyone in attendance wondering how it happened and what might of been.

Make a list of the things the Pacers would have wanted to happen in Game 4 and put a check box next to them, and you'll see in had a tremendous opportunity to take control of its best-of-seven first-round series with Cleveland.

Following Oladipo's free throw from the tech, the Pacers led 92-89 with 6:12 to play in the game.

One game after relinquishing their first fourth-quarter lead of the season, the Cavs were not about to repeat that feat - going on a 12-3 run after Lance Stephenson baited James into a technical foul midway through the final period.

James picked up another double-double with his 32 points and 13 rebounds, while also handing out seven assists, and Korver ended his night with 18 points after getting off to a cold start.

The Cavs led by 17 points at half-time of Game 3 before coughing up the lead and it was much of the same in Game 4.

Quarter number two was even more hard for the home team as James dropped in another dozen points to go along with ten from reserve Jordan Clarkson, and the lead ballooned to 16, before a flurry of points from Myles Turner and Darren Collison cut the deficit to 10 at the half. In the two games in Indianapolis, Oladipo shot 10-of-35, averaging 17 points.5. His status is in doubt for Game 5 on Wednesday night in Cleveland.

Seconds earlier, the 6-foot-11 Antetokounmpo jumped and reached up with his left arm around Boston's Jayson Tatum to put back Malcolm Brogdon's missed layup for the game-winner. "Just got to go back to the drawing board and get better". Come on. But I should know better. On one side, Bogdanovic canned two from long range, narrowing it to a 70-68 Cavs lead.

James called Game 4 a "must-win" and he was right to do so. The Spurs extended their lead to as many as 17 points in the first half while holding an edge in nearly every statistical category.

Victor Oladipo also struggled, as he went 5-for-20 from the floor.

Later in the quarter, with the Cavs leading 103-100 with 11 seconds remaining, Lance almost came up with the ball after wrestling with Jeff Green. "I didn't think we were connected out there tonight". James' supporting cast is making 40.7% of its field goals against IN (90 of 221), and 32.7% of its 3-pointers (35 of 107).

Held scoreless in Games 1 and 3, and having converted just 8-of-23 overall prior to Sunday, Korver set aside his grief and did what he does best, shoot the darn ball. "We needed every last one of them, obviously". The Fieldhouse voiced their approval as Indiana's deficit was just 80-78 at the end of the third quarter.

"I thought we were frantic offensively throughout the game", McMillan said after the Game 4 loss. IN then heated up enough to slice away at that deficit and appeared to be heading into the second quarter trailing 27-25. It's like I tell you a joke and then you laugh and you get caught.

Only this time, as in Game 2, in couldn't quite finish. "Sometimes you get into emotional games and you're so pumped up you try to do things by yourself". You're not going to win, you play the game like that.

Domantas Sabonis scored 19 points for Indiana.

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