George insists comments were intended to motivate Pacers

For the second time in as many games, Paul George chided one of his teammates during his post-game remarks from the podium, providing honest and measured assessments that don't bring the Pacers any closer to upsetting LeBron James and the Cavaliers. IN was one shot away from winning Game 1, and stormed back with a 10-0 fourth-quarter run to turn a potential Game 2 blowout into a 117-111 loss.

LeBron James finished with 41 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists, and the Cleveland Cavaliers set an National Basketball Association postseason record by erasing a 25-point halftime deficit to beat the Indiana Pacers 119-114 on Thursday night and take a 3-0 lead.

George led IN in points (32), rebounds (8) and assists (7) on Monday, which brought his series averages to 30.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 7.0 assists while he shot 48.7 percent from the field and 55.6 percent from 3.

The Pacers took the Cavaliers to double-overtime in Cleveland at the end of the regular season. Two of his three assists in the quarter led to three-pointers, and the Cavs, as a team, were shooting 60% from three-point line, nine-for-15 from deep. While for now the Cavs can just sub in the big three and be fine, they must find different lineups that utilize the strengths of each member of the big three without them all being on the court at the same time. We're right there (near) what we know we can become and we'll figure it out. I'd much rather have an 18-point lead than not have a lead at all.

We're not sure which is better here - Myles Turner's explosive dunk or his father's reaction.

George is averaging 30.5 points, 7.0 assists and 6.5 rebounds in the first two games, similar to the numbers he had during a five-game winning streak that got the Pacers into the playoffs. He did have eight of Cleveland's 19 turnovers, miscues that allowed the Pacers to hang around.

Game three is in Indianapolis on Thursday (Friday AEST).

George, who had just four points in the decisive third period, led in with 32 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, while Jeff Teague, who was getting X-rays on his right wrist after the game, had 23 points.

The other hitch for Cleveland was that starting guard J.R. Smith didn't play in the second half because of a left hamstring injury.

Smith, power forward Channing Frye and shooting guard Kyle Korver combined to knock down 10 three-point shots in the game. "It's our offense. I think we get exhausted at times. When they made a run offensively, we tried to get it back ourselves, but we just lost our poise". "And that was big". With four seconds left on the clock, Miles made a decision to shoot the ball instead of passing it back to George, but the shot did not go in, resulting for the Pacers to lose by one point. Oh, and we'll get to them later. "We knew the importance of this game".

Leonard had a postseason career-high 37 points and added 11 rebounds, and San Antonio beat the Memphis Grizzlies 96-82 on Monday night to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round series. Game 3 takes place in Memphis on Thursday.

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