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Cleveland Cavaliers Go Up 2-0 Against Indiana Pacers

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Cleveland’s Big 3 were able to hold off Paul George and the Pacers once again, winning 117-111, to take Game 2 in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love combined for 89 of team’s 117 points. Irving finished with a game-high 37 points, Love added another 27 points, going 12-12 from the stripe, and 11 rebounds. James went for 25 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists.

This is the first time in the playoffs that the Cavaliers’ Big 3 all recorded at least 25 points in the same game. Cleveland is now 7-0 in the playoffs when all three players score at least 20 points.

The Cavs were up 18 late in the game, but the Pacers cut it to four. Paul George exploded for 32 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists for Indiana, including 10 points in the first quarter.

The Cavaliers’ win came at a price, though, with J.R. Smith missing the entire second half with a hamstring injury. 

The series shifts to Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis for Games 3 and 4. The next matchup is set for Thursday at 7 p.m. ET.

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