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Published: Tue, May 02, 2017
Sport | By Dustin Murphy

James helps Cavs hold off Pacers, earn sweep into 2nd round

James helps Cavs hold off Pacers, earn sweep into 2nd round

INDIANAPOLIS - LeBron James made a 3-pointer with 68 seconds left, helping the Cleveland Cavaliers sweep their playoff series against the Indiana Pacers.

Again, he bailed out the Cleveland Cavaliers. They can use it. Irving continued to be te No. 2 option of the Cavaliers in the offense while Kevin Love scored only five points but with 16 rebounds.

Looking ahead, the Cavaliers will have to wait about a week to find out who their opponent will be in the second round.

IN has certainly had their opportunities to steal a game this series.

And in Game 3, you recall, the Cavs dug themselves a 25-point hole at halftime and successfully climbed out of it - the first team ever to do so in a playoff game. That three followed a stretch in which in outscored Cleveland, 17-4 en route to taking a 102-100 lead.

The league also fined Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley $25,000 for confronting a fan after Game 3 of the team's first-round playoff series against Oklahoma City.

After covering just once in the last 6 games, the Cleveland Cavaliers not only enjoyed the improbable win, but also cashed in their backers wagers.

Fortunately, James already is in championship form.

The Cleveland Cavaliers completed their four-game sweep of the Indiana Pacers on Sunday afternoon as they narrowly escaped Bankers Life Fieldhouse with a Game 4 victory, 106-102.

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He was predictably the standout performer of the series as well, putting up 32.8 points, 9.8 rebounds and 9.0 assists per contest.

He's indisputably the best player in the world, but this year, for the fourth consecutive year, he won't be voted the Most Valuable Player in the NBA. Why?

The Cavs played poorly in each of the first three games, but they still won all three.

JR Smith going for the behind the back pass up 3 is peak JR Smith. With a supporting cast of bench players.

Lance Stephenson led IN with 22 points off the bench.

It would be the fourth time in six years that James' team ended the Pacers' season. Channing (Frye), Shump (Iman Shumpert), D-Will (Deron Williams), Kyle (Korver), those guys came in and gave us huge minutes. Plus, the Cavs are relatively healthy. It was the first time they were swept since the 1992 playoffs - a stretch of 37 consecutive series with at least one victory. If each team holds down home court over the next two games, Game 7 wouldn't be played until April 29. Unfortunately for Teague, he's now 0-12 against LeBron and the Cavaliers in the postseason. "Better starts here at home could've did us a little justice. We just had to weather the storm once again".

After a Cavaliers timeout, a quick bucket from Irving was followed with a torrent of IN scoring, as the Pacers rallied to a 5-0 run capped by a layup from Turner, which triggered yet another Cavaliers timeout as IN trailed 100-98 with 4:17 remaining.

They found another gear in Chicago.

Defending champions the Cleveland Cavaliers claimed a series sweep of the Indiana Pacers, while the Houston Rockets moved within a game of the second round in the National Basketball Association playoffs.

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