Irving scores 37, Cavs hold on to beat Pacers 117-111

Clearly, this team isn't complete and they've largely met expectations, which were middling from the start.

The Cleveland Cavaliers defended home court in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Indiana Pacers, as their "Big Three" of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love combined to score 89 points in the 117-111 victory.

LeBron James finished with his 2nd double-double of the 2017 Playoffs (89th career playoff double-double) with 25 points on.550 (11-20) shooting, 10 rebounds (all defensive), a game-high tying seven assists, a game-high four steals and a game-high four blocks in 42 minutes.

Shumpert clearly was happy to be in the game, and his energy helped lead the Cavaliers in a third quarter the team outscored Indy 33-20. Stephenson scored 16 points against the Cavs in Game 1, then added 13 in Game 2. He had his full arsenal of tricks on display, and embarrassed Lance Stephenson with this incredible crossover.

IN smells blood during the last 12 minutes, and Lance Stephenson and Paul George have been the driving forces behind the nail-biters. Love is a versatile veteran who can take advantage of a mismatch, so that's what he did. ESPN notes that at one point in the third quarter, Stephenson slammed the ball on the floor after the play was over. You know you're facing that going in. His efforts seemed to fire-up the entire squad.

Even with George staking his claim to the "Best player in the East not named LeBron" conversation, there's nothing the Pacers can do to simultaneously handle Tristan Thompson's offensive rebounding, Love's natural inside-outside game, and James's lethal combination of off-the-dribble strength to the hoop and pinpoint distribution.

LeBron gave the fans something to cheer about early in the first quarter, and Quicken Loans Arena was rocking for most of the night. While he hasn't done anything like that (so far), his emotional outbursts caught the attention of his coach during the game, where it appeared he told the guard to calm down.

Up just five after a sloppy end to the first half, the Cavs scored the first seven points of the third period - the last on a 3-pointer by Shumpert - to go up 70-58.

However, if there is one thing that the Cavaliers have not done well recently is hold on to their fourth quarter leads. "If they don't let me play, then I won't".

Teague injured his right wrist in the second half and coach Nate McMillan said the starting guard will undergo X-rays.

The Cleveland Cavaliers overcame a bout of fourth quarter jitters to take a grip of their National Basketball Association playoff series against the Indiana Pacers on Monday as San Antonio seized control of their duel with Memphis.

"Shump was unbelievable", Lue said.

Smith was visibly upset at the team's decision to sit him in the second half. Kevin Love is the third double-digit scorer and Channing Frye is grabbing two rebounds. Not the sort of sample size you build championship teams upon. With his 19th point of the night, Irving moved past Mark Price (818) for the 2nd-most points in Cavaliers postseason history. Richard Jefferson heaped praise on Lue post-game and this is an example of how much he's a weapon for this team. He's got to be on the attack, or he's got to see the weak side or whatever it may be.