By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Indiana Pacers won Game 3 of their series with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Pacers won 92-90 on Friday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The Pacers now have a 2-1 advantage in their playoff series. Indiana, who won Game 1 of the series, will look to take a commanding 3-1 lead on Sunday.
The Cavaliers appear to definitely be in trouble. This could be the first-time in eight seasons that LeBron James fails to reach the NBA Finals.
Cleveland had a 17-point halftime lead and blew it. J.R. Smith missed a 38-foot three-pointer from near mid court, as time expired in the game.
James had his 60th playoff game, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information, that he led his team in points, rebounds, and assists. Larry Bird and Tim Duncan have the second-most with 21 each.
The 17-point blown lead, according to ESPN’s Stats and Information, is the second-most by a James-led team. They blew a 21-point lead to the Boston Celtics on May 21st, 2017 in the Eastern Conference Finals.
The Pacers are the first team to overcome two 15-plus point deficits against a James-led team in a single season. They also overcame a 22-point deficit to beat the Cavaliers on Jan. 12th.
Bojan Bogdanović led the Pacers with 30 points. He also had four rebounds.
Bogdanović was one of three Indiana players, who scored in double-figures. Victor Oladipo scored 18 points and Thaddeus Young contributed 12 points.
The Pacers had 21 bench points. Lance Stephenson led the bench with eight points.
James led the Cavaliers with 28 points. He also had 12 rebounds, 8 assists, one steal, and one block.
He was one of three Cleveland players, who scored in double-digits. Kevin Love added 19 points and George Hill contributed 13 points.
The Cavaliers had 22 bench points. Rodney Hood led the bench with 8 points.
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