Oladipo was the best player on the court Sunday, when IN beat Cleveland 98-80 to go up 1-0 IN their first-round series.
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.
The Cavs fell behind 33-12 during a unusual first quarter that included Cleveland missing all eight 3-pointers, James not attempting his first field goal until 1:52 remained and fans in Quicken Loans Arena wondering what they were seeing.
James finished with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists for his 20th playoff triple double and 98th double double. IN was edged 44-42 on the boards and clanked 10 of their 25 three point attempts in the contest. It was the first time in LeBron's career that he lost the first game of the playoffs.
"I've always stayed even-keeled with the postseason", James said post-game, per ESPN's Dave McMenamin. "I think the next game, we'll be more relaxed, and we'll come out, we'll play better".
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The Pacers won three of their four regular season games against the Cavs, and after stealing home court, anything is possible. "I'm down 0-1 in the first round".
But you wouldn't have known it from the Pacers' demeanor as they fielded questions from the media on Monday. Just making them do stuff that they're normally not used to doing. That said, he has to make sure his teammates know what to do as well.
IN took control from the outset, opening a 21-point lead in the first quarter and pushing it to 23 in the third. For much of the game, James would drive into the lane, draw a crowd of Pacers defenders, then quickly kick the ball back out to an open man. But that makes it all the more important for IN to shore up any deficiencies they saw on film. Myles Turner added 16 points and seven rebounds.
And they were unable to get close to the Pacers, who were led by the impressive Victor Oladipo with 32 points.
IN led 28-10 before gaining a possession off of a series of missed LeBron James shots and sprinting out in transition.
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That experience means the three-time champion isn't anxious about this latest hole that Cleveland is in.
Jeff Green, Rodney Hood and George Hill rounded out the starting five, which created plenty of questions heading into Game 1 on Sunday afternoon. "We'll make some adjustments and be a lot better". We're fully aware of his team, and we realize it's not going to be easy, but that doesn't mean we're just going to come in here and just fold. Game 2 tips off Wednesday night in Cleveland. "We got a couple of steals early, which we didn't convert on, but for the most part, defensively, we were pretty good".
Antetokounmpo made one of two foul shots with 14.8 seconds left, but he fouled out of the game while going for the rebound on his miss. They have LeBron, after all, and they were on national television 39 times.
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