Sunday's National Basketball Association roundup: Pacers get the jump on Cavaliers

The Pacers just stomped the Cavs in Cleveland

Victor Oladipo scored a game-high 32 points to power the Indiana Pacers over the host Cavaliers 98-80 on Sunday in the opening game of their first-round National Basketball Association playoff series.

"Stay calm, stay composed, play the game I have all year long", Oladipo said of the key to his overwhelming day. "You can't ease into the playoffs".

It also was the first playoff-opening loss for James, who came in 12-0 in Game 1s and didn't realize he had been ideal starting the postseason. You've heard them all, but in this game, they were all true. They were more aggressive.

Last summer, Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert declared, unsolicited, that IN "could've done better than it did" IN the trade that sent Paul George to the Oklahoma City Thunder IN exchange for a package that included Victor Oladipo. "We just gotta shoot the ball and if you make it, you make it, and if you miss, you miss".

This one was only briefly close.

LeBron James figured he had experienced everything in 12 postseasons. Fans might be, but he isn't. "I mean, I'm down 0-1 in the first round. I'm the last person to ask about how it's going to feel the next couple of days".

IN took control from the outset, opening a 21-point lead in the first quarter and pushing it to 23 in the third. It awakened the dozing crowd.

There were many culprits. So, we take it as everybody has to dig deep and not lose two of them on our home floor."Jeff Green's a vet with playoff experience". On top of that, Hill has a back injury. "So we just have to be more physical for Game 2 and own our space offensively". But that makes it all the more important for IN to shore up any deficiencies they saw on film. It is unbelievable to me that Tristan Thompson only played two minutes this game. Korver played just four minutes. Jordan Clarkson, in his first playoff game, contributed six points on 2-of-6 shooting. Indicative of the Cavs' shooting struggles was the fact that Love was held scoreless until hitting a 3-pointer from the right corner with 1:51 left in the half.

Cleveland pulled within 73-65 entering the fourth quarter but the Pacers unleashed a 12-2 run for an 88-71 edge and cruised to the finish. He was fouled and made both free throws, but by then the Cavs were already in a 25-10 hole. Also, the play of the Indiana Pacers can not remain at such a high level. Games 3 and 4 will be in Indianapolis.

Cleveland was fortunate to even have a chance to try and make a run to get the game to single digits in the fourth quarter.

According to LeBron, it was a rude awakening for some of his teammates getting their first taste of competing in the playoffs on a championship-contending team. We gave up 98 points, but 80 is not gonna cut it. "We had some guys in their first time out there playing in this setting". You get the idea.

"I think everybody is going to be a lot calmer and a lot more precise in what we want to do". For us, it's about going out and giving all we have playing the game the right way, playing the game together. If Cleveland can't get their shooting in order, they could be in some trouble.

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