The Ceveland Cavaliers made a historic comeback at Thursday night (April 20), putting them up 3-0 in their first-round series against the Indiana Pacers.
Led by LeBron James, the Cavs rallied back from a 25-point lead at halftime by the Pacers to finish 119-114 — the largest halftime deficit overcome in the 70-year history of the NBA playoffs. Early in the third, they even trailed by as many as 26 points, but marched back to take the win.
In the third quarter, the Cavs outscored the Pacers 35-17, with James scoring 13 on his own, including three 3-pointers that moved him into fourth place on the all-time postseason triples list, passing Kobe Bryant. He also passed Kobe for third on the all-time playoff scoring list.
During the quarter, they also held the Pacers to 5-for-26 shooting in the period (19.2 percent), and to just 40 points (on 25.5 percent shooting) in the second half.
“LeBron willed us home, 41, 12 and 13, played the whole second half,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. after the game. “That’s what playoff basketball is all about. You got to be willing to sacrifice and lay it on the line to win a game, and that’s what he did for us.”
King James finished with 41 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists, his 17th career triple-double in the playoffs. Pacers star Paul George had 36 points, 15 rebounds and 9 assists — just missing the triple-double mark.
According to Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN), James’ ninth career postseason 30-point triple-double passed Oscar Robertson (eight) for most in NBA history. He also tied Jerry West for the second-most 30-point, 10-assist games in postseason history with 14; only Michael Jordan has more (15). James scored or assisted on 73 points, the most of his playoff career.