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Lebron James thinks Cavaliers are finally hitting their stride
April 17, 2017
Kyrie Irving scored 37 points, Kevin Love added 27, James had 25 and the Cavaliers avoided another fourth-quarter collapse in Game 2, beating Indiana 117-111 in Cleveland on Monday night to take a 2-0 lead in the series. After giving up a late lead and squeaking out the opener by a point, James and Co. showed more intensity on defense, more swagger in general and won their 10th straight first-round game over the past three seasons. [...] the defending champions, following a pattern that began late in the regular season, nearly gave away an 18-point lead in the fourth quarter as the Pacers cut the margin to four in the final minute before Cleveland closed out the game at the foul line. James added 10 rebounds and seven assists while winning his 19th straight first-round game. Teague injured his right wrist in the second half and head coach Nate McMillan said the guard will undergo X-rays. In the third quarter, Cleveland took advantage of a mismatch and pounded the ball inside to Love, who scored 10 straight and drew a charging foul on Lance Stephenson in a span of two minutes as the Cavs opened an 89-70 lead. The Pacers regrouped, ripped off 13 straight points and were down 113-109 after George hit a three-pointer with 20 seconds left. Kawhi Leonard had a postseason-career-high 37 points and added 11 rebounds and host San Antonio took a 2-0 lead in the first-round series. Boston head coach Brad Stevens said guard Isaiah Thomas plans to play in Game 2 on Tuesday night against the Bulls, then head to Washington state to be with his family and help complete funeral arrangements for his younger sister.