James helps Cavs hold off Pacers, earn sweep into 2nd round

Bruno Cirelli
Aprile 24, 2017

LeBron James and the Cavaliers can sweep the series with a win in Game 4 on Sunday.

But not for LeBron James, who added another chapter to his legend on Thursday, contributing 41 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists, helping the reigning National Basketball Association champions Cleveland Cavaliers rally from a 26-point deficit to stun the Indiana Pacers 119-114 in Game Three of their opening-round Eastern Conference play-off series.

James scored 41 points and added 13 rebounds, 12 assists and two blocks as the Cavaliers overcame a 25-point halftime margin in their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

"I would say yes, but the way people have been guarding us, no", Smith said.

"That's the most frustrating thing, we could at least be up 2-1 and really be in the driver's seat in this series", George said one day after in blew a 26-point lead and lost for the third time in six days.

"I didn't know it was the biggest comeback or things of that nature".

"I just try to put myself in position to help my teammates win - no matter who's on the floor with me", James said.

"Having those guys is a great luxury because every night, two of the three should play well", Lue said after practice on April 19 at Cleveland Clinic Courts in Independence. "I just don't settle for being not as great as I can be".

His awesome stat lines, his mounting list of triple-doubles at age 32, his six consecutive trips to the NBA Finals and three NBA championships are taken for granted. The reality may be even worse because now the team's on the verge of getting swept in a series that should be in their favor. "That's when I should've stepped in and demanded the ball maybe a little bit more, just to start out, get us going, get everybody in rhythm again". The only thing that matters is (winning).

Kevin Love, Channing Frye, J.R. Smith and Kyrie Irving added 13 points apiece.

Boston has amassed a number of top picks, yet are considered underachievers, while Chicago was on the verge of rebuilding its entire team before reversing course. We ain't getting swept.

"But our bench definitely got the game ball tonight". Yet, they find themselves in a huge hole heading into Game 4.

James finished with 41 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists on his way to passing Kobe Bryant for No. 3 on the NBA's career playoff scoring list.

The Pacers led by 10 after one quarter, then increased their lead to 50-36 with 5:54 remaining in the second quarter. That's what playoff basketball is all about.

When you consider some of the regular-season meltdowns the Cavs have been a part of leading up to the playoffs, it makes this victory even more remarkable.

I will update with betting trends once they become available. Kevin and Kyrie didn't [protest].

Everywhere you looked, you saw a Pacers player or coach with the stunned look of the guy in the trailer park after the tornado hits.

The Indiana Pacers will be hoping to stave off elimination in Game 4 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Sunday afternoon.

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