Victor Oladipo: Under-the-radar Pacers have been good all season

LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers

Victor Oladipo led IN with 32 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals IN the win. Myles Turner added 16 points while Bojan Bogdanovic chipped in with 15 points.

IN took control from the outset, opening a 21-point lead in the first quarter and pushing it to 23 in the third.

LeBron James led the Cavs with 24 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds but Cleveland struggled mightily to find any consistency. That was a big change for them: remember, last season in Game 3 of their series with Cleveland, they blew a 26 point lead and lost by five. The Cavs got within seven in the fourth, but Oladipo, once a role player who blossomed into an All-Star in his first season with in, hit a big 3-pointer and Bojan Bogdanovic helped put Cleveland away with a 3 to make it 88-71. Hill left the game and returned twice, first with 4:19 left in the quarter and again to start the third quarter.But Lue yanked him with 8:39 left in the third and he didn't come back.

LeBron James had won 21 straight first-round games. Pacers 98, Cavaliers 80. After draining just six of 25 from three-point range last postseason with the Thunder, Oladipo made six of nine from deep.

The NBA playoffs rarely get upsets in the first round, but the Pacers downing the three-time defending East champions would certainly raise some eyebrows. "We talked about some of the things that Cleveland would do", the coach said.

"You could say it added fuel to the fire, I guess you could say", Oladipo said after Game 1.

Minnesota had a one-point lead with about seven minutes left when Houston used a 9-0 run, with the last seven points from Harden, to make it 94-86 with about four minutes to go.

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That experience means the three-time champion isn't anxious about this latest hole that Cleveland is in. Maybe it shows them some obvious adjustments to make moving forward. "They (the Pacers) going to push the ball at any and every opportunity they got and we have to be ready for that attack".

Game two in the best-of-seven series is Wednesday (NZT) in Boston.

With his seventh field goal of the night James passed Michael Jordan for the most postseason field goals in league history, and now resides in second place with 2,189 scores in the playoffs.

The win gives the Celtics an advantage leading to another home game on Tuesday.

But you wouldn't have known it from the Pacers' demeanor as they fielded questions from the media on Monday. "I'm just glad we got this first win". I don't care what problems he is dealing with outside the court, you need to play him more in this series. They have LeBron, after all, and they were on national television 39 times.

On Sunday, the hostile atmosphere at Quicken Loans Arena had a similar effect on Stephenson, who had a strong showing off the bench, scoring 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting and grabbing five rebounds in just 17:26.

The worst example of the ineptitude was power forward Jeff Green, who went 0-for-7 from the floor - including 0-for-3 from behind the 3-point arc - for zero points and a starting lineup-worst minus-15 rating in almost 27 minutes played.

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