Oladipo drops 32 as Pacers beat Cavs in opener


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That aside, the two teams were relatively close in point differential because Portland's plus-2.6 differential was relatively low for a top-three seed; last season's Boston Celtics were the only other top-three seed with a differential of less than plus-3 since 2012.

Following the win, Oladipo said he wasn't bothered by Gilbert's comment, but did admit that it "added fuel to the fire".

Round 2 of Cavs-Pacers kicks off Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET in Cleveland for the best-of-seven series.

In two home matchups against the Pacers this season, the Cavs dropped the first meeting by 17 - with IN connecting on 62 percent of its three-point attempts before taking the series finale on January 26 - holding on for the seven-point win. Listen, it's going to be a very good matchup.

The Pacers defeated the Cavaliers, 98-80, and Stephenson picked up just where he left off from the infamous Pacers-Heat series in 2014. He put Oladipo back in the game and the Pacers' All-Star guard knocked down a 3-pointer and a 20-foot jumper during a 12-2 Pacers run. James, of course, was second in the National Basketball Association in fourth-quarter scoring and led the league in clutch scoring. If we consider only games Irving missed, their point differential drops to plus-1.3 points per game, putting the upset probability in the same territory as Blazers-Pelicans and Jazz-Thunder.

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BC-BKN-Pacers-Cavaliers, 656Victor-y: Oladipo scores 32 as Pacers stun LeBron, CavsAP Photo OHTD102, OHTD104, OHTD101, OHTD103, OHTD105Eds: APNewsNow. The Pacers are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Cleveland, 13-5-1 ATS in the last 19 meetings and the under is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings. Rugged and determined on that end, a post and paint target offensively, a finisher and an OK pick-and-pop mid-range shooter from straight on, Sabonis interjects some effort and impact from the bench, the kind of player Cleveland has also struggled with all season. "This is a totally new team and we are a new team".

Oladipo's deep three with 1:59 remaining provided the exclamation point on an impressive playoff debut for this upstart Pacers squad. Born Ready just loves playing against LeBron James. Oladipo has thrived in Indiana's offense and has set career highs in points, assists and rebounds this past season.

He's also never lost the opening game of a series, which bodes well for his latest Cavs group [VIDEO]. The team's best shot at success will ultimately be throwing as many bodies as possible at James and hoping it wears him down.

"Everyone is watching", Lance Stephenson said.

Cleveland's second unit was outstanding all season - averaging a franchise-record 41.2 points, good for seventh-best in the league. Irreconcilable differences created in the heated exchange that began January 22 when Thomas and Wade called out Love for missing a game and a practice because he was sick, with no further explanation.

Cavs Starters: PG George Hill, SG Rodney Hood, SF LeBron James, PF Jeff Green, C Kevin Love.