May 23, 2018

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers 4/22/18, Prediction & Odds

23 April 2018, 01:32 | Donald Newman

LeBron James: Cavs star fuels Lance Stephenson rivalry after Game 4 win over Pacers

Insider: Lance baits LeBron (again) but controversial late call goes against Pacers

The Cleveland Cavaliers squandered an early double-digit lead but recovered to beat the Pacers, 104-100, on Sunday in Indiana (Monday, Manila time) to level their Eastern Conference first round playoff series.

James finished with 32 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists and another crowning achievement - his 100th career playoff game with 30 or more points, second all-time to Michael Jordan. Kyle Korver added 18 points including two key three pointers in the 4th quarter.

A 10-2 run to start the second half got the Pacers within two. With 6:12 remaining in the fourth quarter and the Cavs calling timeout with the score 91-89 in favor of Indiana, Stephenson stayed in James' space as he made his way back to the Cleveland bench and James responded by shoving Stephenson with his forearm, resulting in a technical foul. Cleveland outscored IN 17-7 on fast-break points and became the first team IN the series to top 100 points.

Cavs vs Pacers Game 5 will be Wednesday, April 25, back here in Cleveland at 7 p.m. on TNT. If the Pacers are to maintain their advantage in this best-of-seven first-round showdown, they'll need much crisper passing tonight in Game 4 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

DeRozan started 0 for 6 from the field, but he finished with 35 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. With 4:47 to go, Stephenson tied up James on a jump ball on a Cavs' offensive possession. After a poor shooting night in Game 1 and a nondescript Game 2 outing, Bogdanovic came through in a big way with 30 points to help the Pacers establish a 2-1 series lead. After a foul by Smith on Victor Oladipo led to two free-throws, Smith more than redeemed himself.

Hill did not participate in Sunday's shootaround and did not try to warm up before the game, according to Joe Vardon of "So you just hope going into the next time, coming out of the break that you play better".

They are going to use the neuralyzers from Men in Black to make sure everybody forgets about the second half of game 3. Hill played only nine minutes in the second half, scoring two of his 13 points.

Cavs point guard George Hill is listed as questionable for Game 4 due to back spasms.

The Pacers average 44.8 points in the paint per game, which ranks 12th in the National Basketball Association.

Lue stuck with his vow to play Tristan Thompson, sending him in for Love. They lacked creativity during the last three minutes of the fourth quarter and only scored via the playmaking of James and Kevin Love.

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