Close call: Irving scores 37, Cavs hold on to beat Pacers

Indiana Pacers Paul George shoots over Cleveland Cavaliers Iman Shumpert in the second half in Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Monday

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers tries to control the ball in front of Thaddeus Young #21 of the Indiana Pacers during the first half in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena on April 17, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. George has made at least one 3-pointer in 19 consecutive playoff games.

"I think what they're getting closer to is losing another NBA Finals more than anything else", Smith said. None of it means anything to LeBron James. James is a brilliant basketball mind. "That's what I take from it".

In his 12th postseason run in 14 seasons, James is averaging 28.5 points, 10.0 assists and 8.6 rebounds in 42.5 minutes, up from 26.4 points, 8.7 assists and 8.6 rebounds in 37.8 minutes during the regular season.

After another excruciating loss in which the Indiana Pacers almost came all the way back from a late double-digit deficit before succumbing to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Paul George had blunt criticism for more of his teammates. IN is 0-9 when dropping the first two games in a series. "We're going to go out there, keep trying to give them hell, keep competing and we'll get ourselves a win".

Cleveland leads IN 2-0 with the series heading to Indianapolis on Thursday.

The only score that matters is 2-0.

"That'a unacceptable, that was unprofessional". Lance Stephenson struggled massively defending Kevin Love in game two and admitted today after practice that he let his emotions get the best of him in that match up.

Mike Conley scored 24 points, Zach Randolph had 18 points and Marc Gasol added 12 points for the Grizzlies.

SAN ANTONIO - Kawhi Leonard had a postseason career-high 37 points and added 11 rebounds and San Antonio beat Memphis to take a 2-0 lead in the first-round series.

Perhaps instead of fouls, the refs should issue red cards? Tipoff is 7 p.m.

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