Oladipo leads Pacers past Cavs in Game 1, 98-80
CLEVELAND, Ohio. – The Pacers have gotten off to a great start in round one of the 2018 NBA Playoffs, dominating Cleveland 98-80.
Traditionally a second half team, Indiana got off to a fast start, leading by 19 at the end of the first quarter.
Lance came off the bench and immediately got under LeBron’s skin. It seemed that LeBron acted like a swipe by Stephenson was flagrant, which prompted a long review and technical.
It was clean and Stephenson went on to be dynamite off the bench all game, a trend that must continue for the Pacers to hand LeBron his first ever first round loss.
They led 55-38 at the half on the backs of Oladipo, Turner and Lance.
They let the Cavs comeback in the 3rd after getting outscored 27-18 and letting the lead slip to 7 in the fourth.
Then, Oladipo continued to make amazing play after amazing play and led the Pacers down the stretch with 32.
This is the first playoff win for the Pacers since the Raptors’ series in 2016. It breaks a streak of 21 straight first round playoff wins for LeBron James, dating back to 2012 when he was with Miami.
Suddenly, this series has a feel of the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals. Indiana took LeBron to the brink in Game 7.
The next game is Wednesday night in Cleveland. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m.
Game 3 back home is Friday night at 7.