Pacers hope to knock off defending champion Cavs

Pacers hope to knock off defending champion Cavs

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Series results 

Game 1: Cavs 109, Pacers 108 (at Quicken Loans Arena) 

Game 2: Cavs 117, Pacers 111 (at Quicken Loans Arena) 

Thursday, April 20, 7 p.m., TNT (Bankers Life Fieldhouse) 

Sunday, April 23, 1 p.m., ABC (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)

Tuesday, April 25, TBD (Quicken Loans Arena)

Thursday, April 27, TBD

Saturday, April 29, TBD 

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INDIANAPOLIS — If the Indiana Pacers are going to upset Cleveland in the first-round of the NBA playoffs, they’ll need to do a complete reversal of their regular season effort against the Cavaliers

After beating the Cavs, 103-93, in the first of four meetings between the teams on Nov. 16 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse — a game LeBron James sat out — the Pacers (42-40) lost to the Cavs three times. 

On Feb. 8, also at The Fieldhouse, Cleveland spanked Indiana, 132-117, on the strength of 29 points each by Kyrie Irving and Kyle Korver. James added 25. 

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Paul George and LeBron James are anxious for the Pacers-Cavs first-round playoff series to begin. (Photo: NBA/Getty Images)

C.J. Miles led the Pacers with 23 points, Jeff Teague had 22 points and 14 assists and Paul George scored 22 points. 

One week later, James scored 31 points on 12-of-17 shooting to lead the Cavs to a 113-104 victory at Quicken Loans Arena. Irving chipped in 26 points while Glenn Robinson III scored 19 points to lead Indiana. 

The Pacers came close in the final matchup on April 2 at The Q but lost, 135-130, in double overtime on the strength of a 41-point, 15-rebound, 11-assist triple-double explosion by James. 

George had a season-high 43 points — 19 in overtime — 9 rebounds and 9 assists, Miles came off the bench and scored 27 points. 

The teams are entering the playoffs from opposite directions. After dropping the double-overtime battle at Cleveland, the Pacers won their last five games of the regular season to slip into the 7th seed. 

The Cavaliers lost their final four games of the 82-contest marathon, a skid that allowed the Brad Stevens-coached Boston Celtics to pass the Cavs for the Eastern Conference’s top seed. 

2017 NBA Playoffs bracketHead coach Nate McMillan and Pacers’ fans hope George can continue the sterling performance he turned in during April. 

In six games, the 4-time All-Star averaged 32.8 points, 8.2 rebounds and 4.5 assists.

George averaged 23.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists during the regular season. 

James will try to continue an impressive playoff streak. The 4-time MVP and 13-time All-Star has never lost a first-round series during his career, going 11-0. 

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A 3-time NBA champion, the 32-year-old James averaged 26.4 points, 8.7 assists and 8.6 rebounds during regular season play. 

The winner of the series will play either Toronto (51-31) or Milwaukee (42-40). 

Coverage of today’s Game 1 at Quicken Loans Arena begins at 3 p.m. on ABC TV

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Here’s the rest of the Pacers-Cavs series schedule. 

 

Monday, April 17, 7 p.m., TNT (Quicken Loans Arena) 

Thursday, April 20, 7 p.m., TNT (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)

 

Sunday, April 23, 1 p.m., ABC (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)

Tuesday, April 25, TBD (Quicken Loans Arena)

Thursday, April 27, TBD

Saturday, April 29, TBD

 

Check out these links for more information about the Pacers-Cavs series.

Game 1 preview 

Pacers Playoff Central 

NBA.com preview  

CBS Sports Pacers-Cavs schedule

 

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