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East RD 1: LeBron Outduels George In Cavs’ Huge 26-Point Game 3 Comeback Win

East RD 1: LeBron Outduels George In Cavs’ Huge 26-Point Game 3 Comeback  Win NBA Playoffs

G3: Cleveland Cavaliers 119-114 Indiana Pacers

Barring C.J. Miles’s missed potential game-winner in Game 1, the Cavaliers have comfortably taken control in crunch time in this series. Cleveland put together a great fourth-quarter, with Kevin Love (13 points, 6 rebounds) and Kyrie Irving (13 points, 4 assists) on the bench, to tie the largest comeback in NBA Playoff history and win Game 3. They now move into a commanding position with a possibly insurmountable 3-0 series lead.

It wasn’t easy for the Cavs, though. The Pacers down 0-2, playing their first game of the series at home in Indiana, started out red hot in Game 3. Scoring 37 in each of the first two periods, the home team headed to the locker room at halftime with a dominant 25-point lead.

 


No surprise here, but a huge reason for the Pacers explosion was their All-Star Paul George. PG-13 had 23 points at intermission, 21 of those came in the second quarter alone:

 


This game looked like it was over, but the Cavaliers replied like only champions would – scoring 35 and restricting the Pacers to just 17 – in the third quarter, to cut the lead to single digits. LeBron James led by example:

 


With the game going down to the wire, it was a contest between the team’s two superstars, both looking for their first triple-double of the series:

 


In the end, James was too much to handle. He recorded his 17th playoff career triple-double (41 points, 13 rebounds, 12 assists) while rising in numerous Playoff standings.

 

 

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Series Score: Cavaliers lead 3-0

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