NBA – The Defending Eastern Conference Champion Cleveland Cavaliers host the Indiana Pacers in Game 2 of the 1st round match of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Quickens Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. In Game 1, The Pacers stun the Cavaliers and their home crowd in a humiliating 98 – 80 loss, the first loss of LeBron James since 2012.
In the game, LeBron James exploded for 20 points out of 33 points scored by the Cavaliers in the early quarters to take an early double digit lead and the biggest lead of 18 points. James was in attacked mode contrasting his Game 1 performance in the 1st quarter. Cavs ends the quarter 33 – 18 enjoying a 15 point lead.
In the 2nd quarter, the Pacers able to cut the Cavaliers lead into 4 points, but the Cavs manage to hang on to their lead and back it again in double digits, Cavs finished the quarter strong to take a commanding 12 point lead at the half 58 – 46. James leads all scorers with 29 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assist.
In the 3rd quarter, Cavs able to up their lead back to 16 points, but then again the Pacers is keeping the game closed after having 13 – 2 run late in the quarters to cut the Cavs lead into just 5 points. The quarter’s ends 74 – 67 Cavs up by just 7 points.
Early in the 4th quarter, the Pacers easily cut the Cavs lead into 4 points while LeBron James is resting on the bench. When LeBron James was inserted back in the game Cavs lead was extended to another double digit lead.
James finish the game with 46 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assist while Victor Oladipo drops 22 points.