Cavaliers overcome late slip to beat Pacers and level series


During the next three minutes of play, Cleveland got two threes from Kyle Korver and two buckets from LeBron James, pushing the game out of reach for the Pacers as IN fell 104-100 on Sunday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

After dropping Game 1 on their home court, the Cavs have now won two of the past three games against IN, and if it wasn't for blowing a 17-point halftime lead IN Game 3, the series would be 3-1 IN their favor.

Tristan Thompson also is expected to see more playing time in Game 4 after playing a total of 1 minute, 59 seconds in the first three games - all in the Cavs' 18-point Game 1 loss.

Instead, the Pacers closed the half on a 10-2 run to get within 60-50 and opened the second half on another 10-2 spurt to make it 62-60.

Cleveland ranks third in blocks allowed per game (4.1) while in ranks 20th (5.1). Cleveland outscored IN 17-7 on fast-break points and became the first team IN the series to top 100 points.

Game 5 will be played at Quicken Loans Arena on Wednesday.

In four playoff meetings with LeBron James in the last six years, the Indiana Pacers have come off second best on every occasion and have struggled to find a way past the king of the Eastern Conference. To that point, Cleveland had only scored 20 points in roughly 20 minutes of second-half basketball.

Giannis Antetokounmpo helped the Bucks even their series against the Celtics at 2-2 after scoring 27 points on 12-of-20 shooting with seven rebounds and five assists. James then shoved Stephenson and was called for a technical foul. Instead of Victor Oladipo leading the Pacers, it was Bojan Bogdanovic who stepped up big time for Indiana.

The Cavaliers are breathing a sigh of relief after almost losing another game in which they had a big lead.

"You aren't going to win if you play the game like that". "I don't think they're going to get frustrated".

Bogdanovic picked up a low pass and drove in for a short bank shot, then nailed a 30-footer with the shot clock expiring to make it 89-84. Jose Calderon would likely start with Jordan Clarkson getting more minutes if he's ultimately out for Game 4.

Cavaliers point guard George Hill missed Game 4 with back spasms, an injury he first suffered during Game 1 and aggravated during Game 3.

With broomsticks out of the closet, San Antonio entered Sunday's 103-90 win over the Warriors down 3-0 in the series, but staved off elimination with stifling defense against one of the more high-octane offenses in the league.

Thompson, Lue says, will add toughness and rebounding to the lineup. For whatever reason, Calderon did not play in Game 3, so this should be a prime opportunity for him.

The Pacers couldn't get closer than three the rest of the way. Thad Young has 12 points and a playoff career-high 16 rebounds.