Once again the fate of the Cleveland Cavaliers was in the hands of LeBron James, as the hosts defeated the Indiana Pacers 105-101 Sunday afternoon at the Quicken Loans Arena in Ohio.
Leading the way for Cleveland to no surprise was James, as the 33-year old small forward from Akron, Ohio had a game high 45 points while pulling down nine rebounds and dishing out seven assists for the contest.
Tristan Thompson added a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds with Kevin Love dropping in a further 14 points. Still this Cleveland side is all about James and not much else as LeBron improved to 13-0 all time in first round series.
The Cavaliers will get little time before their next series in the second round, as Cleveland will now take on the top seeded Toronto Raptors.
Game 1 of the second round will start on Tuesday at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. The Cavaliers have knocked out the Raptors in each of the past two seasons.
The season ends for the Pacers, but the future's looking bright in Indianapolis. After Paul George was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the offseason it was expected that the Pacers would take a step back, but Indiana almost pulled off the first ever opening round playoff exit for James.
Victor Oladipo led the way for the Pacers, as the 25-year old shooting guard from Silver Springs, Maryland had a team high 30 points while grabbing 12 rebounds and dishing out six assists for a double-double for the game.
Cleveland are 9/2 to win the NBA Championship this season.
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