Instead, they pulled off the greatest comeback in NBA Playoffs history to beat the Pacers 119-114. The previous NBA record for the largest halftime deficit overcome in a playoff game came when Baltimore rallied from 21 points down to beat Philadelphia in 1948.
With the Cavs now holding a 3-0 lead, this series is all but over. Of course, that's what any reasonable person would have thought about this game at halftime. The Pacers were hot from behind the arc in the first half, and were actually up by 26 at one point. Their 74 first-half points were a Pacers playoffs record.
But the Cavs came out playing tough defense in the second half, holding the Pacers to only 17 points in the third quarter. At the other end, LeBron James stepped up with 13 points in the quarter as Cleveland cut the Pacers' lead to 91-84 heading into the fourth.
By then, you could sense the Pacers desperation, as the 3 balls that fell in the first half clanged in the second. The Cavs comeback from 26 points down ties the NBA record for largest deficit overcome. The
Studs of the Night
LeBron James (see above.
Dud of the Night
Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan suffered against the Grizzlies going 0-for-8 from the floor, with only two rebounds and no assists. It was definitely a meme-inspiring performance:
We all have the same amount of field goals made as DeMar DeRozan.— NBARegion (@NBARegion) April 21, 2017
We're not sure which is better here — Myles Turner's explosive dunk or his father's reaction.
Myles Turner's father likes what he sees. #NBAPlayoffspic.twitter.com/HsuPfQ5IGn— NBA (@NBA) April 21, 2017
Friday game to watch
Game 3: Celtics at Bulls, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN (Bulls lead series, 2-0) — No. 8 seeds just aren't supposed to beat No. 1 seeds in the NBA Playoffs; it's happened onlyfour times since the playoffs expanded to 16 teams in 1984. But the Bulls sweep of the Celtics in Boston Garden puts them in control in this series. Prediction website FiveThirtyEight.com gives the Celtics only an 18 percent chance of winning the series. Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas, who flew to Washington State Wednesday in the wake of his sister's death last weekend, is expected to be in the lineup for Game 3.