Indiana Pacers vs Cleveland Cavaliers: 3 things we learned from Game 2

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LeBron James inspired the Cleveland Cavaliers to level the series against the Indiana Pacers after they held on for a 100-97 Game Two win.

LeBron had 46 of the Cavs' 100 points, 12 of their 30 rebounds, five of their 15 assists and 10 of their 15 made free throws.

"I made some shots early, got into a rhythm", James said.

James' 24 points in Cleveland's 98-80 Game 1 loss were almost as many as the total of the other four starters combined (25).

Thunder's "big three": While all three members of this group had solid games (Westbrook had 19 points with 13 assists and nine rebounds), but none of them stepped in the fourth quarter, when Thunder was outscored 28-16.

But in a season in which nothing has been easy for the Cavs, Cleveland was lucky that Indiana's Victor Oladipo missed a wide-open 3-pointer that would have tied it with 27 seconds left. I'd rather be on time and on target than being lucky.

With the fouls trouble, Oladipo claimed 22 points and Center Myles Turner had 18 points for Indiana.

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The series now heads to IN for the next two games with Game 3 on Friday night.

Lue opted to go small, starting sharpshooters J.R. Smith and Kyle Korver alongside James, George Hill, and Kevin Love, while sending Jeff Green and Rodney Hood to the bench.

"I saw a replay (of the injury), and it didn't look good", Love said at his locker after the game. Game 3 will be Saturday in Utah. "Especially after the way we started in Game 1".

Jamal Crawford scored 16 points for the eighth-seeded Timberwolves, who are in the playoffs for the first time since 2004.

#NBAPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/UrCyC27axJLeBron James gets his 20th career 40-point game in the postseason, tying Jerry West for 2nd-most in National Basketball Association history.Michael Jordan leads the way with 38 such postseason gamesh/t @EliasSports pic.twitter.com/6sON8dLjIXRunning jokesTwitter. "So, I'm the last guy to ask about how you're going to feel the next couple days". With Cleveland blitzing and crowding virtually every screen involving Oladipo, they allowed a whopping 62 points in the paint on Wednesday. Cleveland has LeBron, but IN is matched up very well with the Cavaliers.

After LeBron's 20-point outburst in the first quarter, the Pacers kept him in check, at least for LBJ's standards.

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