Cleveland 'lucky' to beat Pacers, James says after 100-97 win

Bojan Bogdanovic the star of the show in Game 3

Bojan Bogdanovic the star of the show in Game 3

James wasn't done, though, as he added a 3-pointer, a jumper and a layup to give the Cavs a 13-0 lead with 8:30 to go in the first quarter. James scored all 16 points as the Cavaliers got off to 16-1 lead.

James was on fire as he weighed in with 46 points, 12 rebounds and five assists and has now scored 40 points or more in 20 playoff matches.

James was disappointed with his team's defense in the waning moments, especially when in guard Victor Oladipo got free for a golden three-point chance that would have tied the score with 27 seconds left.

In Game 1, James didn't attempt a shot until there was 1:52 remaining in the first quarter, and the Cavs already trailed 25-8.

Cleveland, who have reached the NBA Finals for three straight years, never led during its Game 1 defeat to open this season's playoffs, as Victor Oladipo and the Pacers stormed past them from the start en route to a 98-80 victory. Oladipo picked up his third foul with 4:47 left in the second quarter, but he wasn't whistled for another foul in the game.

By halftime, James had 29 points, more than the 24 points he had in the entirety of Game 1. (10.0). Kevin Love leads in rebounds with 17.0 while James tops in assists with 12.0 per game. Korver had nine points at the break, easily outpacing the zero points on 0-for-3 shooting that he had in four minutes in the series opener. He made two free throws with 22.2 seconds to go and dropped in two more with 18.6 seconds left before a sellout crowd of 20,562. Myles Turner added 18 points and five rebounds.

Game 3 is set for Friday night in Indianapolis.

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