Victor-y: Oladipo scores 32 as Pacers stun LeBron, Cavs

Mike Wells previews the Pacers Cavaliers series

Mike Wells previews the Pacers Cavaliers series

Oladipo was the best player on the court Sunday, when IN beat Cleveland 98-80 to go up 1-0 IN their first-round series. The Cavs got within seven in the fourth, but Oladipo, once a role player who has blossomed into an All-Star in his first season with in, hit a big 3-pointer and Bojan Bogdanovic helped put Cleveland away with a 3 to make it 88-71. While LeBron did his thing, posting his 20th postseason triple-double (24 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds), no other Cavs starter scored in double figures. The Cavs stormed back and got within seven, but Oladipo hit a big 3-pointer and Bojan Bogdanovic helped put Cleveland away with a 3 to make it 88-71.

LeBron James had won 21 straight first-round games.

"I would say desire was there", Lue said. "I think the next game, we'll be more relaxed, and we'll come out, we'll play better". He was selected this year to his first All-Star Game while fulfilling much of the promise that made him the No. 2 overall pick by Orlando in the 2013 draft - after Gilbert's Cavs surprisingly opted for Anthony Bennett at No. 1, only for him to become a major bust - and he led a Pacers squad ticketed for a berth in the draft lottery to 48 wins.

Being better won't be easy against a Cavs team that will undoubtedly be playing with desperation in Game 2 on Wednesday night (7:00 PM ET on FOX Sports Indiana and TNT). "I've never lost a game in the first round before in my career?"

But you wouldn't have known it from the Pacers' demeanor as they fielded questions from the media on Monday.

The Wine and Gold have just four players on their roster from that historic title-winning squad and are missing the brilliance of Kyrie Irving to help James carry the load.

"They played more physical than we did and it showed", Smith said".

Houston center Clint Capela led the way early, finishing the game with 24 points and 12 rebounds. The Cavaliers are 16-35-1 ATS in their last 52 home games and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games overall.

"He just has to be more aggressive by attacking the basket and being more decisive offensively", Lue said.

And they were unable to get close to the Pacers, who were led by the impressive Victor Oladipo with 32 points.

That experience means the three-time champion isn't anxious about this latest hole that Cleveland is in. "We'll see what they're going to do". Love had just nine points, six of which came in the third quarter when Cleveland cut the deficit, but he went scoreless in the fourth. If Cleveland can't get their shooting in order, they could be in some trouble.

"We expected them to come out and establish themselves in last night's game", McMillan said.

LeBron James lost a first round playoff game for the first time since 2012. "I'm just glad we got this first win". "You've got to double-team him because he makes good decisions with the basketball".

The "Lance vs. LeBron" storyline is an old favorite for both the local and national media. In the final minute of the first quarter, he caught the ball at the top of the key and drove down the lane, rising up over Cleveland forward Jeff Green for a vicious right-handed dunk that gave IN a 30-10 lead.

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