James is known to be a ball-dominant player [VIDEO], essentially having a hand in most of the points [VIDEO] the Cavaliers score.
James finished with 26 points for Cleveland, who have lost six of eight games going back to a defeat by defending champions the Golden State Warriors on Christmas Day. "But down the stretch, in that situation, you got to be smarter than that".
While the Cavaliers quickly took back the lead, this certainly was a sign that the tide was turning in the game.
Sometimes, the Raptors have shown that they can get off to strong starts against a team like Cleveland but there have been times where they let the foot off the gas and the game gets away from them.
Spencer Dinwiddie was close to a triple-double with 20 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds as his Brooklyn Nets saw off the Atlanta Hawks 110-105, while Minnesota beat the New York Knicks 118-108. "So we got to be better". The Cavs have not beaten the Pacers in two meetings this season. He was an instrumental part of Irving's renowned pre-game workout and Irving even credited Handy with giving a rousing speech that motivated the Cavs to win Game 3 of the 2016 NBA Finals. Seeing the way the Pacers rally from nearly every hole they dig for themselves this season gives the fans hope. The Milwaukee Bucks have yet to win back-to-back games in 2018 and are six-point underdogs to the Warriors. The Pacers are rebuilding, but it looks like the foundation is solid.
VanVleet had a career-high 22 points, including 6-of-8 from three-point range, as Toronto went 18-of-42 from beyond the arc to torch Cleveland 133-99. The slow starts the Pacers are making a trademark of was in full-effect. Most of the Cavaliers' problems can be fixed with more effort, which can definitely be accomplished. LeBron can't do everything, and he's clearly getting annoyed.
MVP: Lance Stephenson, but not because he annoyed LeBron.
Then again, most teams in that position don't have three straight finals trips on their resumé, nor do they have the best player in the world on their roster.
The win moves the Pacers to 3-0 against Cleveland this year, and keeps IN in the 8th slot IN the East a conference so jumbled that the Pacers are just 2.5 games out of 4th, and 4 games behind Cleveland for the 3 seed. "You have to get out to their 3-point shooters".
Darren Collison didn't waste his opportunities. You often forget the contributions he makes as Oladipo and Stephenson grab the spotlight.
Stephenson had plenty of help. scored 22 points and had 19. It did. Just not the way many expected.
Some ugly play and questionable defense are countered by a pair of treys.
While Kevin Garnett made some valid points that the Raptors have failed to translate their regular season success to the playoffs, that may not be the case this year. Bojan Bogdanovic is the third double-digit scorer and Domantas Sabonis is grabbing eight rebounds.
The Cavaliers rank fourth in blocks allowed per game (4.0) while the Pacers rank 23rd (5.3).
"Coming out in the third, we were just walking around".
Still a rookie, and looked like one.