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Pacers beat Cavaliers 98-80 in opening game of playoffs
Monday Apr 16, 2018 12:00am

Pacers beat Cavaliers 98-80 in opening game of playoffs
(CLEVELAND) – LeBron James figured he had experienced everything in 12 postseasons. Turns out, there was something new. Victor Oladipo scored 32 points and Indiana outplayed Cleveland from the start while pulling off a stunning 98-80 victory Sunday in the series opener, handing James and the Cavaliers' their first loss in the opening round in eight years. It also was the first playoff-opening loss for James, who came in 12-0 in Game 1s and didn't realize he had been perfect starting the postseason. Indiana took control from the outset, opening a 21-point lead in the first quarter and pushing it to 23 in the third. The Cavs got within seven in the fourth, but Oladipo, once a role player who has blossomed into an All-Star in his first season with Indiana, hit a big 3-pointer and Bojan Bogdanovic helped put Cleveland away with a 3 to make it 88-71. When the final horn sounded, the Pacers didn't celebrate or run around the floor like they had accomplished anything special. They calmly walked off, business as usual. Myles Turner added 16 points and 8 rebounds for the Pacers. Bogdanovic finished with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 3 steals. The Pacers completely outplayed the three-time defending conference champions, whose turbulent regular season has carried over into the playoffs. James scored 24 points with 12 assists and 10 rebounds for his 20th career triple-double. But James got little help as Cleveland's four other starters: Kevin Love, Jeff Green, Rodney Hood and George Hill, combined for 25 points.

Boston 113 – Milwaukee 107 (OT) (Celtics lead 1-0)

Oklahoma City 116 – Utah 108 (Thunder lead 1-0)
Houston 104 – Minnesota 101 (Rockets lead 1-0)

Pittsburgh 5 – Philadelphia 1 (Penguins lead 2-1)
Columbus 5 – Washington 4 (OT) (Blue Jackets lead 2-0)

Minnesota 6 – Winnipeg 2 (Jets lead 2-1)
Las Vegas 3 – LA Kings 2 (Golden Knights lead 3-0)

Indiana's Victor Oladipo tries to move around Cleveland's Kevin Love in playoff action (photo courtesy of David Richard/USA Today Sports)
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