Cleveland Cavaliers Teammates Inspired With Kevin Love's Game 2 Performance

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"I never do. Sometimes players just say things differently than coaches", George said. That's what I was trying to do tonight.

"LeBron willed us home, 41, 12 and 13, played the whole second half", Lue said. But the largest halftime deficit overcome previously was 21 points, by Baltimore against Philadelphia in 1948.

According to Elias Sports Bureau, LeBron's ninth career postseason 30-point triple-double in this game passed Oscar Robertson (eight) for most in National Basketball Association history. "Channing, Shump, D-Will, Kyle, those guys came in and gave us huge minutes".

In the end, the Cavaliers picked up the intensity when it mattered most and James, a three-times National Basketball Association champion and four-times league Most Valuable Player, is choosing to stay focused on the positives rather fret about almost blowing another lead.

Smith is expected to play on Thursday in IN, and head coach Tyronn Lue says Shump may have played himself into the Cavaliers' plans for Game 3, though not in the starting lineup.

Cleveland opened the second half with a three from J.R. Smith, and before long had cut it to a 77-62 lead.

"When someone is scoring on you and you show frustration, they're going to keep going at you and I think that's what Paul was talking about", Stephenson said after calling George his brother.

Paul George scored 32 and Jeff Teague 23 for IN, which showed more fight, but now has a steep hill to climb to get back IN the series. After the game they were happy and said, it's not about us, it's about the team.

"We have so many pieces on this team, but everyone has to stay ready", Irving said of Shumpert's cameo.

LeBron James was beyond human during the series, Kyrie Irving hit big shot after big shot, and the Golden State Warriors did their thing, spreading the wealth and proving they were one of the best teams of all time. Try to empower them, try to make them better, try to make them believe we can be great every night. Frye added 13 points, 11 in the fourth quarter.

Kyrie Irving ripped the Pacers with 37 points, including a career-playoff-best 25 in the second half. IN shot 56.8 percent during the opening half, including 10 of 17 from 3-point range. Last season, the Cavaliers bounced back from down 3-1 to down the Warriors.

San Antonio led for all but 13 seconds in winning its 10th consecutive postseason game over Memphis. It's unfortunate that some strong play will most likely be overshadowed by the sweep and what the summer holds. IN finished the first half with a 74-49 lead.

Cleveland trailed by 26 in the first half and was still down 74-49 at halftime.

After Cleveland cut the deficit to 77-62 and then watched IN extend the margin to 20, Cleveland finished the quarter on a 17-4 spurt to make it 91-84.

The early impressive play from George vanished in the third quarter, just as the Pacers did. But after the ball went in, and as the air was sucked out of the building, James turned and ran down the court with a Cheshire Cat grin plastered across his face, as if he knew something the rest of us didn't know.

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