Kevin Love Hilariously Interrupts LeBron James During Postgame Press Conference

The No. 2 seed jumped out to a big lead, the No. 7 seed made a tough comeback, but ultimately the better team pulled away in the end.

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) drive against Indiana Pacers' Paul George (13) in the first half in Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Monday, April 17, 2017, in Cleveland.

It's been a habit all season for the Cavs, who did a better job of maintaining a comfortable lead most of the night in Game 2 than some of their recent performances, but LeBron recognized his team still has work to do in that regard.

LeBron James (25 points), Kyrie Irving (37) and Kevin Love (25) combined for 89 points as the Cavs took Game 2 on Monday night. The Cavs shot over 55 percent from the field and just under 42 percent from 3-point range. The series returns to Indy now, where the Pacers are 29-12.

Now the Pacers are one loss away from being eliminated by James' team for the fourth time in six years. At some point in the playoffs, the team will find its groove and make its way through the East to meet the Warriors in the Finals.

He's gotta know at this point we need him to take it to the next level, and we'll continue to work with him. We've got to figure it out at home. So like I told you, I'd much rather have an 18-point lead than not a lead at all. "We're right there on turning the switch on what we really can become", James said.

The Cavaliers overpowered the Pacers in the second half once (Kevin) Love and (Kyrie) Irving started scoring at will. Love (27 points, 11 rebounds) punished Lance Stephenson by scoring on him in the post or drawing fouls and converting at the free-throw line.

The Cavaliers gave up 37 points in each of the first two quarters, and the 74 first-half points the Pacers put up were the most ever against a Cleveland team in the postseason.

The series will now shift back to IN for Game 3, as Cleveland carries along the same problems that plagued them all season long.

"It's you guys writing us off that this game is going to be easy for the Cavs", Pacers forward Paul George, who scored 32 points, said.

The Pacers have been able to score 43 points off of 30 turnovers in the first 2 games combined while the Cavs have done little to cash in on their opportunities scoring just 27 points off of 27 in turnovers.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Mike Conley scored 24 points and handed out eight assists as Memphis snapped a 10-game postseason skid against San Antonio. Miles, who was 1-for-2 from the floor in the third, said the Pacers simply have to make plays down the stretch, and make some shots."We've got to take advantage of the spacing", Miles said. "We lost our poise and weren't calm during that third quarter. And that was big".

"We know what's at stake", C.J. Miles said. Cleveland hasn't had an answer for PG outside of the double team, and he gives the Pacers a legitimate chance in almost any game.

Thomas to play Game 2, then fly to sister's funeral • Celtics coach Brad Stevens says Isaiah Thomas plans to play in Game 2 Tuesday night against the Chicago Bulls, then head to Washington state to be with his family and help complete funeral arrangements for his sister.

In Game 3 on Thursday, look for Turner to come out and play more aggressively in front of the in fans. "Even in, you know, the first two quarters, we build a lead, we didn't close out the second quarter as well...."



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