Pacers Hand LeBron James First Series-Opening Loss; Celtics Win in Overtime

The Pacers are feeling confident after beating the Cavaliers for fourth time This particular season.

Indiana took control via the outset, opening a 21-point lead within the first quarter in addition to pushing This particular to 23 within the third. The Cavaliers got within 7 within the fourth, however Oladipo, once a role player who has blossomed into an All-Star in his first season with Indiana, hit a big 3-pointer, in addition to Bojan Bogdanovic helped put Cleveland away that has a 3, producing This particular 88-71.

When the final horn sounded, the Pacers didn’t celebrate as though they had accomplished anything special.

They calmly walked off, business as usual.

“We believe which we can win,” Oladipo said. “We came into This particular game that has a mentality which we wanted to attack on both ends of the floor in addition to play the way we’ve been playing all year, in addition to we did a great job of which. This particular’s only one game, This particular’s only Game 1.”

The Pacers completely outplayed the Cavaliers, the three-time defending conference champions whose turbulent regular season has carried over into the playoffs.

James had 24 points, 12 assists in addition to 10 rebounds for his 20th career triple-double. however James got little help as Cleveland’s four additional starters — Kevin Love, Jeff Green, Rodney Hood in addition to George Hill — combined for 25 points.

“They were more aggressive,” James said. “They just played inspired basketball, in addition to they just took advantage of everything we wanted to try in addition to do. They were more physical than us at the point of attack, in addition to they were most precise with what they wanted to do, in addition to we couldn’t score the ball.”

Cleveland went just 8 of 34 on 3-point attempts in addition to missed 8 of 20 free throws.

The Cavs’ playoff theme is actually “Whatever This particular Takes.”

Well, This particular’s right now going to take a first-round comeback.

CELTICS 113, BUCKS 107 Boston Coach Brad Stevens loves the postseason because This particular offers a chance to “bust narratives.”

The Celtics took their first step toward shattering the belief they can’t win without their biggest stars.

Al Horford had 24 points in addition to 12 rebounds, in addition to host Boston overcame Khris Middleton’s long 3 which beat the fourth-quarter buzzer, topping the Milwaukee Bucks, 113-107, in overtime to open the playoffs.

The Celtics led, 99-96, with 0.5 of a second left in regulation when Middleton took an inbound pass on the far right wing in addition to hit a contested 35-footer. Boston outscored Milwaukee by 14-8 within the extra period.

Terry Rozier added 23 points, 4 rebounds in addition to 3 assists for Boston in his first career playoff start. Jaylen Brown finished with 20 points. The rookie Jayson Tatum added 19 points in addition to 10 rebounds.

Rozier said he knew he was under a spotlight This particular postseason with Kyrie Irving out for the season after his knee surgery.

“I just know I got to step up,” he said. “I know I got to fill big shoes. I don’t feel no pressure. I’m glad to be in This particular position.”

Game 2 within the best-of-seven series is actually Tuesday night in Boston.

Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 35 points, 13 rebounds in addition to 7 assists before fouling out in overtime. Middleton had 31 points, 8 rebounds in addition to 6 assists. Malcolm Brogdon scored all 16 of his points after halftime.

Part of the reason the Bucks were in bad spots is actually because they were hampered by turnovers. They committed 20, leading to 27 Boston points.

“which’s not getting shots up,” Middleton said. “We feel like if we get a shot up, we’ll be not bad.”

ROCKETS 104, TWOLVES 101 James Harden scored 44 points in addition to powered a big fourth-quarter run which allowed Houston to outlast visiting Minnesota, 104-101, in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.

Minnesota scored 4 straight points to get within 3 with about 30 seconds left. Chris Paul added two free throws after which for Houston, however a tip-in by Karl-Anthony Towns got Minnesota back within 3. After a bad pass by Paul gave the Timberwolves a chance to tie This particular with 1.5 seconds left, a shot by Jimmy Butler was short.

The Timberwolves had a 1-point lead with about seven minutes left when Houston used a 9-0 run, with the last 7 points coming via Harden, to make This particular 94-86 with about four minutes to go. Harden capped the run that has a 3-pointer which prompted Minnesota Coach Tom Thibodeau to call a timeout.

Jeff Teague ended Minnesota’s scoring drought with two free throws after the timeout in addition to added a 3-point play after a basket by Harden. Harden made another shot to give him 11 straight points for Houston before another basket by Teague.

Harden got Clint Capela in on the scoring after which, finding him for an alley-oop which pushed the lead to 101-93 with less than three minutes left.

The top-seeded Rockets had their hands full with the No. 8 Timberwolves on a night in which Houston made just 10 of 37 3-pointers. Harden made 7 of 12 3-pointers, however Trevor Ariza, P. J. Tucker, Eric Gordon in addition to Paul combined to make just 3 of 22.

THUNDER 116, JAZZ 108 Paul George scored 36 points to help host Oklahoma City defeat Utah in Game 1 of their Western Conference playoff series.

George set an Oklahoma City playoff record with eight 3-pointers, blowing past the previous record of 5. He made 8 of 11 shots via long range, in addition to 13 of 20 shots over all.

Russell Westbrook had 29 points, 13 rebounds in addition to 8 assists, in addition to Carmelo Anthony added 15 points for the Thunder, who will host Game 2 on Wednesday.

The Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell had 27 points in addition to 10 rebounds, however he left within the second half with left foot soreness. He returned within the fourth quarter however was noticeably hobbling.

Rudy Gobert scored 14 points, in addition to Joe Ingles in addition to Jae Crowder each added 13 for the Jazz.

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