Oladipo leads Pacers past Cavs in Game 1, 98-80

Indiana Pacers bench comprised of the starters stand to watch the closing seconds of the game. Mandatory Credit Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana Pacers bench comprised of the starters stand to watch the closing seconds of the game. Mandatory Credit Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Victor Oladipo scored 32 points and IN outplayed Cleveland from the start while pulling off a stunning 98-80 victory Sunday IN the series opener, handing James and the Cavaliers' their first loss IN the opening round IN eight years. While the first Pacers win was early in the year (Derrick Rose was Cleveland's starting PG at the time), the 2nd Pacers win was Cleveland's lone loss in a 20 game stretch - i.e. the Cavs were hot and the Pacers cooled them off.

The Pacers are 4-1 ATS in their last five games in Cleveland.

LeBron James hadn't lost a first round game in the NBA Playoffs since he was a member of the Miami Heat.

James has much confidence in his ability on the court to get out of any type deficit or tough spot in any playoff series, especially with having led the Cavaliers back from a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals against the highly-talented Golden State Warriors.

The fourth-seeded Cavs will host the fifth-seed IN in a best-of-seven series.

Game one starts at 3:30 p.m.in Cleveland. James (27.5 points, 9.1 assists, 8.6 rebounds) and Love (17.6 points, 9.3 rebounds) have been the two most consistent options for Cleveland, and it falls on them to lead the team through an Eastern Conference that'll give them issues.

Lance came off the bench and immediately got under LeBron's skin.

Only two other Cleveland players managed to crack double digits in scoring, with J.R. Smith notching 15 and Larry Nance Jr. delivering 10 on the afternoon.

"It's going to be a very good matchup", James said after practice April 14 in Independence. Let's see what kind of best offshore sportsbook odds James & Co. are facing in Game 1 of this series. The Indiana Pacers have split their last eight road games. Victor Oladipo scored 32 points and the Indiana Pacers stunned Cleveland in Game 1 of their series opener, beating LeBron James and the Cavaliers 98-80.

Pacers will snap LeBron James's streak of 21 straight first-round playoff wins.

IN hit 52.2 percent (12 of 23) while holding Cleveland to 25 percent (5 of 20) to take a 33-14 lead after the first quarter.

The Pacers took the fight to the Cavs, and Indiana's players are battling critics who say they can't compete with Cleveland. James always takes his game up a couple notches in the playoffs and that shouldn't change this season.

When playing the Pacers, one of the more effective strategies they have used has been to "blitz" the dribbler to defuse a potential pick-and-roll run by Oladipo.

Trust in LBJ? Probably, although a great case can be made for Toronto or even Philadelphia to make it out of the Eastern Conference. Not always do they need to push, especially considering the athleticism of IN, but at times, it could reap benefits.

When the final horn sounded, the Pacers didn't celebrate or run around the floor like they had accomplished anything special.

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