REIGNING NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers survived a scare to eke out a one point win over the Indiana Pacers in game one of their 2017 NBA playoff series this morning.
The Cavs escaped with a 109-108 win after Pacers’ swingman CJ Miles missed a good look in closing moments that would have won it for Indiana.
Duelling superstars LeBron James and Paul George made for the spectacle, King James leading all scorers with 32 points to go with 13 assists and six rebounds, shading George, who dropped 29 points, including the final bucket of the game that cut the lead to one and set up Miles’ chance.
“It doesn’t matter how you get a win in the playoffs, we’re one up,” A relieved James said after the game.
James band mates Kyrie Irving (23 points) and Kevin Love (17) gave solid service for the Cavs, but they were exposed defensively by the Pacers.
Born Ready Lance Stephenson had 16 points and seven boards off the bench for the Pacers, while Cavs’ big man Tristan Thompson tore down 13 caroms.
Game two is in Cleveland on Tuesday.
Other playoff action today features Aussies Matthew Dellavedova and Thon Maker in action for the Milwaukee Bucks against the Toronto Raptors in Canada, with the San Antonio Spurs hosting the Memphis Grizzlies and the Utah Jazz visiting the Los Angeles Clippers.
Originally published as Cavs edge past Pacers in game 1… just
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