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Pacers eager to face Cavaliers in Indianapolis

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Cleveland Cavaliers at Indiana Pacers

  1. The Pacers won both of their home games versus the Cavaliers in the regular season, but Cleveland won both of its games played in Indy last postseason. The Cavaliers were just one game over .500 on the road in the regular season (21-20); the Pacers were 27-14 (.659) at home (16-5, .762, since January 1).
  2. The Cavaliers have a 4-4 best-of-7 series record when tied 1-1, but have lost three of their last four such series. Cleveland won its only such First Round series, defeating the Wizards in six games in the 2006 postseason.
  3. The Pacers are 7-2 all-time at home in Game 3 of best-of-7 series tied 1-1, but have lost their last two such games. Indiana has lost five of its last six best-of-7 series tied 1-1 with Game 3 played at home, two of which to LeBron James (while he was playing for Miami).
  4. LeBron James scored 46 points in Game 2, his 20th career 40-point playoff game (second most over the last 55 postseasons, behind only Michael Jordan's 38). The 33-year-old James also had 12 rebounds, the first player 33 years of age or older with at least 45 points and 10 boards in a playoff game since Karl Malone had 50 points and 12 rebounds as a 36-year-old for Utah versus Seattle in Game 1 of the 2000 Western Conference First Round.
  5. Kyle Korver has made four shots this postseason (all three-pointers). Over his career, 196 of Korver's 309 made field goals in the postseason have been three-pointers (63.4 percent), the highest percentage all-time (minimum 300 FGM).
  6. Victor Oladipo has led the Pacers in scoring in each game this series, dropping 32 points in Game 1 and 22 in Game 2. His 54 points are the most by any player through their first two career playoff games as a Pacer all-time, surpassing the previous record of 45 points (shared by Chuck Person and Stephen Jackson).

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana can't wait for another crack at the Cleveland Cavaliers, especially in front of the Pacers' home crowd

"It's going to be incredible being on the floor," Indiana center Myles Turner said. "I think we're in a great spot. We wanted to go 2-0 but we did our job and got one. I can't wait to get in front of the Indy fans."

Pacers point guard Darren Collison expects it to be loud Friday for Game 3 of the first-round playoff series that is tied at a game apiece.

"We can't wait," Collison said.

After winning Game 1 by 18 points, the Pacers fell behind 16-1 in Game 2 as LeBron James scored all 16 of those points, including the first 13 for either team. The Cavaliers, never trailed, but had to hold on at the end for a 100-97 victory Wednesday night.

James scored nearly half of the Cavaliers' points with 46.

"We have to do a better job of containing him, which is easier said than done," Collison said. "We made enough plays to give ourselves a chance to win despite his 46 points."

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue's focus was to get James going early. Lue switched his starting lineup in Game 2, inserting shooters J.R. Smith and Kyle Korver in place of Rodney Hood and Jeff Green. Korver, who scored 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting on 3-pointers, started just four games in the regular season. Lue said he plans to stick with that lineup, praising the job Smith did on Victor Oladipo, the Pacers leading scorer, and the fact Korver took two charges from Oladipo.

Oladipo picked up two fouls in the first 62 seconds and had to go the bench. Oladipo finished with 22 points, 10 fewer than he scoring in the Pacers' win in Game 1 on Sunday.

"I need to see more out of a lot of guys," Lue said.

Lue understands he can't expect James to shoot that well (17 of 24) the rest of the series.

"Them being aggressive is something we expected," Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. "They put shooters on the perimeter, and LeBron was going to put his head down and go to the basket. We didn't do a good job tonight of keeping the ball in front of us. We made adjustments and got back into the game. The first quarter they basically came out and hit us in the mouth."

And James issued the biggest punch, scoring 20 in the first quarter as the Cavs led 33-18 entering the second period. It was a stark contrast to the Game 1 loss, when the Cavs trailed 33-14 after one quarter.

"I just felt like I was in a really good rhythm, so just tried to see how long I could stay in that zone and just try to make a mark on the game early on, especially after the way we started in Game 1," James said.

Pacers forward Thaddeus Young said the Pacers drew confidence from the fact that they had a shot to win despite James' huge offensive outburst.

"In order for them to win this game, he had to be aggressive," Young said. "He made some tough shots. In the first quarter, he made three or four fadeaway jumpers. He made some contested 3s. If he's going to make those contested shots, it's going to be a long series."

Cavaliers forward Kevin Love, who scored 15 points in Game 2, jammed his left thumb late in the game while deflecting a pass. X-rays after the game were negative. Lue and Love said they expect Love to be fine for Friday's game.

Pacers reserve Joseph Young is listed as questionable with a sinus infection.

James, Smith and Love were on the Cavaliers' 2016 NBA championship team. Korver joined the trio on the 2017 team, which reached the finals.

"It's a fine line," James told, "because now all the new guys come off the bench. But, yeah, the lineup we had (Wednesday night) worked, we all know each other and play well."

For the Pacers, more focused play is a must.

"We were sloppy with the basketball," McMillan said. "With 17 turnovers, you are not winning. We're better than that. You can't give them 17 extra attempts. We'll make adjustments and come back and be ready for Friday."

Updated April 19, 2018

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