Cavaliers stunned at home by Pacers in playoff opener as Celtics survive thriller

  • Pacers shock Cavaliers despite triple-double by LeBron James
  • Loss ends streak of 21 consecutive first-round wins for James
  • Celtics survive wild finish to top Bucks in overtime in Game 1

Victor Oladipo scored 32 points and the Indiana Pacers held off Cleveland’s second-half rally for a stunning 98-80 victory Sunday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference series, handing LeBron James and the Cavaliers’ their first loss in the opening round in eight years.

Indiana was in control from the outset, opening a 21-point lead in the first quarter and leading by 23 in the third. The Cavs stormed back and got within seven, but Oladipo hit a big three-pointer and Bojan Bogdanovic helped put Cleveland away with a three to make it 88-71.

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Source: theguardian
Cavaliers stunned at home by Pacers in playoff opener as Celtics survive thriller