Pacers steal mojo and Game 1 from the Cavaliers: 3 takeaways

Mike Wells previews the Pacers Cavaliers series

Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (4) moves to the basket in the third quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers in game one of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena. Victor Oladipo led IN with 32 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals IN the win.

Cleveland All-Star Small Forward LeBron James earned a triple-double with 24 points, 12 assists, and 10 rebounds.

The top-seeded Rockets had their hands full with the No. 8 Timberwolves on a night where Houston made just 10 of 37 3-pointers.

This is all new to James, who had won 21 consecutive first-round games.

"You could say it added fuel to the fire, I guess you could say", Oladipo said after their Game 1 win (h/t ESPN). Expected to be named the Most Improved Player in the National Basketball Association, he showed his athleticism and ability to dominate on both ends of the floor throughout Sunday's game.

Sunday marked just the second nationally televised game for the Pacers all season, with the other coming when George made his return to IN with the Thunder.

Tune in for game 2 Wednesday night at 6:00 PM CST on TNT to see if the Cavs can rally back to tie the series.

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McMillan, it should be noted, never presented Gilbert's comments to the Pacers to try to hype them up for the series, but he acknowledged the impact they might have had as they found their way back to his team on their own.

The Wine and Gold have just four players on their roster from that historic title-winning squad and are missing the brilliance of Kyrie Irving to help James carry the load. "We just gotta shoot the ball and if you make it, you make it, and if you miss, you miss".

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

The Pacers set the tone early on in the game, ending the first quarter with a 33-14 lead.

Oladipo finished with 32 points to his name, while Myles Turner chipped in with 16 points and eight rebounds.

Rozier, making his first playoff start, sank a three-pointer with a half-second remaining to give Boston the lead but Middleton drilled another equalizer from halfway between the arc and half-court at the final buzzer to force over-time at 99-99.

"We're fully aware of LeBron". Cleveland was down 19 after the opening quarter and despite their best efforts, couldn't throw a serious scare into IN the rest of the way. "We'll make some adjustments and be a lot better". So, today was definitely a good test for some of our younger guys and like I said, I think they'll be a lot better especially in Game 2."And not just them", James continued. You obviously have take the good with the bad when it comes to Lance but at least the Pacers know he isn't going to just disappear in this series. I'm tempted to go with the Cavaliers to bounce back with an emphatic win, but I think this one will be close till the end so I'm taking the Pacers with the points again. They have LeBron, after all, and they were on national television 39 times. Kevin Love collected 17 rebounds but contributed only nine points. He stood shoulder-to-shoulder with James, before rising up right in Jeff Green's face.

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