Cavs Up 3-0 Following Huge Comeback; Plus Other NBA News
(AP) — A 25-point halftime lead wasn’t enough for the Indiana Pacers against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday.
The Cavaliers are up three games to none in their NBA first-round series after setting a league record for the largest halftime deficit in a playoff victory, a 119-114 win at Indiana. The Cavs were down by 26 in the in the first half and trailed 74-49 at intermission before LeBron James scored 13 of his 41 points in the third quarter.
James also had team highs of 13 rebounds and 12 assists while passing Kobe Bryant for third on the NBA’s career playoff scoring list. He also tied another NBA record by winning his 20th consecutive first-round game.
The Pacers wasted Paul George’s 36 points, a playoff career-high 15 boards and nine assists.
The Cavs will try to complete the four-game sweep Sunday at Indiana.
Checking out the rest of the NBA action:
— San Antonio had won 10 straight playoff games against Memphis until Mike Conley scored 24 points and had eight assists in the Grizzlies’ 105-94 victory against the visiting Spurs. Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph added 21 points apiece for the Grizzlies, who outscored the Spurs 31-17 in the third quarter to get to two games to one in the series. Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard was held to 18 points after scoring 69 in the first two games.
— Milwaukee owns a 2-1 series lead after Khris Middleton dropped in 20 points and All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 19 and eight boards in a 104-77 trouncing of Toronto. Greg Monroe added 16 points and seven rebounds for the Bucks, who held DeMar DeRozan without a basket and never looked back after leading by 20 points after the first quarter. The Raptors never recovered after shooting 4-for-18 in the opening period. The series stays in Milwaukee for Game 4 Saturday.
Gobert to miss Jazz-Clippers game Friday
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Jazz will be without center Rudy Gobert for Game 3 of their NBA first-round series Friday against the Los Angeles Clippers in Salt Lake City.
Gobert also missed Game 2 after hyperextending his left knee and suffering a bone contusion seconds into the series opener. The NBA Defensive Player of the Year candidate led the league in blocks and defensive win shares.
The Jazz and Clippers split the first two games in Los Angeles.
In other Jazz news, police are investigating an allegation of domestic violence against backup center Jeff Withey. Authorities in Manhattan Beach, California, say a police report had been filed accusing Withey of domestic violence. No charges have been filed.