The Indiana Pacers pulled off the impossible Sunday. The team not only took a lead in the first round of the NBA playoffs with a surprising win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, but they also took down LeBron James.
That’s never easy, but it’s been particularly difficult in the first round of the playoffs. Since 2012, James has not lost a single game in the first round. The Pacers broke that streak Sunday, beating
Prior to Sunday’s loss, James’ teams had won 21 straight first-round games. The last time James lost in the first round came back in 2012, when the Miami Heat dropped Game 4 against the New York Knicks.
Since then, James has swept the Milwaukee Bucks, Charlotte Bobcats, Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons and the Pacers. Indiana managed to get some revenge after failing to win a game against the Cavaliers in 2017.
Victor Oladipo was a huge thorn in the Cavs’ side, scoring 32 points. He shot 11-19 from the field, and hit six of nine three-point attempts. He also added six rebounds, four assists and four steals during the contest.
James led the Cavaliers with 24 points. He also put up 10 rebounds and 12 assists in the loss.
After the loss in Game 1, James and the Cavs will look to even the series during Game 2 on Wednesday.
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Yahoo Sports NBA insider Brian Scalabrine looks at the landscape of the Eastern Conference and if anyone has enough to finally stop LeBron James and the Cavs from reaching the Finals.
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