Indiana Pacers forward Paul George reacts as the Pacers lost the lead to the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half of Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Indianapolis. Additionally, as Dan Feldman of NBC Sports noted, "the Pacers' -12 combined point margin is the smallest ever for a team trailing a best-of-seven series 3-0".
The Pacers have never been swept in a seven-game playoff series and they will play in a must-win Game 4 Saturday afternoon at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
"He just willed his team and said, 'I'll put you guys on my back, going to make every play, make the right play, ' " Cavaliers Coach Tyronn Lue told reporters. "We took the defensive challenge in the second half, holding them to just 40 points".
"We playing for pride now", Teague said after the Game 3 loss.
As the final buzzer sounded, LeBron James slammed the ball into the ground in celebration.
"What LeBron just did was unbelievable", Frye said.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) LeBron James celebrated another milestone with the greatest second-half comeback in playoff history. James hit six treys.
Triple Double: LeBron just didn't have a triple-double, it was of the 41-point variety, to go along with 13 rebounds and 12 assists. In the opening quarter, they were outscored 37-27 and 37-22 in the second.
At that point, if Larry Bird is truly committed to winning, he'll know that changes need to be made-and no one should be immune when the axe begins to fall.
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The Cavaliers saw firsthand in the regular season how a team can overcome a big deficit. The Cavs had an early eight-point run to cut it to 15, then had a 17-2 run late to cut it to five. And it wasn't like the Pacers had one huge, historical quarter. They are the first playoff team in history to erase a 25-point halftime deficit and win. Interestingly, Nate McMillan was also part of the biggest, as a player for Seattle in 1989 when the Sonics blew a 29-point lead to the Lakers. The only way the Cavs would mount a comeback would be to get hot from the 3-point line, so the Pacers gave them all the room they needed to go 12 of 21.
Obviously, landing a player of George's caliber would be huge for LA's rebuilding process, but now Johnson may face a fine or a suspension if the National Basketball Association determines he tampered with George. No matter who's on the floor with me and for myself, I just don't settle for being not as great as I can be."James got plenty of help on Thursday night - although not from the usual suspects.Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love were on the bench for the entire fourth quarter, leaving James to lead a lineup featuring four members of the bench - Kyle Korver, Deron Williams, Iman Shumpert and Channing Frye". James carried the Cavaliers as both Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving struggled in the game. "I expect us to play with that mindset".