Pacers Lose to Cleveland on LeBron James Buzzer-Beater

LeBron James

LeBron James

In the closing seconds of the Cleveland Cavaliers' dramatic 98-95 buzzer-beating win over the Indiana Pacers, Victor Oladipo had the opportunity to give his team the lead.

It took an all-time performance from James - a 44-10-8 line, with a game-saving block (goaltend?) and game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer mixed in - to ensure that Cleveland's Super Bowl (aka the opening day of the National Football League draft) wasn't forced to compete with an "Is this it for LeBron?" discussion in our 24-7 debate culture.

"James said that following his last game against Wade he told him, "'If it's like our last time going against each other, then it's been everything and more".

The Cavaliers only average 9.8 fastbreak points per game (tied for 13th out of 16 teams) and this is definitely an area where Love can help.

Oladipo - who had a disgusting shooting night going just 2-of-15 from the field for 12 points - credited the Cleveland star for the huge shot but questions if he would've had that same joy if his own layup had counted. Tipoff is set for 8 pm.

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Kyle Korver added 19 points and Cleveland's much-maligned defense tightened just in time as the Cavaliers seized their first lead in the first-round series after being down 1-0 and 2-1. The 76ers are an intriguing team who got hot at the end of the season, but I don't think they can top Toronto in a seven game series. It'll come down to executing and converting the chances we get. "I try to make plays like that all the time".

All of the drama has left James, in what could be his past year of his second stint in Cleveland, with his longest odds to make the Finals since he left Cleveland for Miami the first time around. No wonder they call LeBron James "the King". In truth, it went past him; Oladipo revved up at halfcourt, as has become his specialty, before driving straight toward James and swerving around him with a crossover.

Coming into the playoff picture as the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference, the Cavaliers promptly fell behind two games to one in their first playoff series with the Indiana Pacers. "Send me down some rest and we'll get back out there on Friday".

The fact that his ensuing basket was a three-pointer would seem to make the goaltending question moot, but Oladipo rejected that logic. "But in order to use replay, you must call goaltending on the court". Ninety-eight for the Cavs, 95 for the Indiana Pacers.

"As soon as it left his hand, it looked flawless", Cavs coach Ty Lue told reporters. Only once has the Cavs received 10 or more points from more than three players in any game. He shot 14-of-24 from the field and a ideal 15-of-15 from the free throw line.

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