Pacers conquer Cavaliers behind Oladipo, poise under pressure

NBA play-offs: Cavaliers shocked by Pacers

Pacers Claim Game 1 In Commanding Playoff Start

Will be updated. With AP Photos.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) and Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (1) react to a call in the second quarter in Game 1 of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena.

King James led Cleveland with a triple-double in 43 minutes of play - 24 points, 10 rebounds, and 12 assists.

By the end of the first quarter, the Pacers had a 19-point lead and were tactically superior to the Cavs at crucial points throughout the game. The Cavs made only 8 of their 34 three-point attempts.

It's a fairly safe bet that Game 2 won't be as ugly offensively as the opener was for Cleveland. He also added ten rebounds to complete the second most triple-doubles in National Basketball Association history, behind only Magic Johnson (32).

The high-flying hammer came in the first quarter of the Pacers' Game 1 victory in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

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The Cavs are hoping that's the case, and when they step on the court Wednesday night for Game 2 they'll already have something they didn't have Sunday - a playoff game under their belts. Those Pacers, though, didn't have Oladipo or the balance of this Indy squad, which may lack experience but not confidence. It was also the first time James suffered a playoff-opening loss in his career. However, each surge by the Cavs was countered by the Pacers, who ended up taking a 55-38 lead into halftime. These facts make the loss to the Pacers more significant. Led by Victor Oladipo, Indiana is tough and on a mission. Even without Kyrie Irving (knee injury) and Gordon Hayward (fractured tibia), the Celtics proved that they belong in the NBA Playoffs, relying heavily on its starters.

The Pacers drove him into a darker place. He had averaged more than 27 points per game in the playoffs for the Pacers the past two years.

Due to injuries and the late acquisitions at the trade deadline, the starting five the Cavs put on the floor Sunday had only spent a handful of possessions together during the regular season.

That talking point is right in line with the message Pacers head coach Nate McMillan has been preaching to his team since training camp.

"He did some good things", McMillan said. "We've had many film sessions and one-on-one sessions to try to improve and he's shown that".

After a putrid finish to the regular season, Turner made his first shot on the game's opening possession, in what was definitely a sign of things to come. The Cavaliers are 16-35-1 ATS in their last 52 home games and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games overall. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (2,356) tops the list. LeBron hasn't lost a game in the first round of the playoffs since 2012 against the New York Knicks. Their two offense-only subs - Jose Calderon and Kyle Korver - were a combined 0-of-6. Just when it looked like LeBron and the Pacers were ready to play out an old familiar script, IN stepped on the gas and turned things into a blowout.

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