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Pacers erase 17-point deficit to take 2-1 lead over Cavs

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indiana Pacers kept insisting this team was different.

Anyone who doubted them coming into the playoffs understands now.

On Friday, the one-year anniversary of a historic playoff collapse against Cleveland, Indiana flipped the script by rallying from a 17-point halftime deficit and held on for a 92-90 victory over the Cavaliers to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. They can take command of the series by winning Sunday on their home court.

''Last year's team, I don't know if we would have gone down 17, I don't know if we would have overcome it,'' forward Thaddeus Young said. ''But this team, we've been resilient all year. We've overcome adversity.''

And on Friday they did it against a Cavaliers team that was 39-0 in the regular season when leading after three quarters.

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 19 of his playoff career-high 30 points in the second half, finishing 7 of 9 on 3-pointers. Victor Oladipo added 18 points, six rebounds and seven assists.

Bogdanovic also spent most of the game defending LeBron James, who finished with 28 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists and six turnovers. He joined Michael Jordan as the only players in league history with 100 double-doubles in the postseason. Jordan had 109.

James almost single-handedly rallied his team twice from seven-point deficits in the final 3 1/2 minutes.

The three-time defending Eastern Conference champs were outscored 52-33 over the final 24 minutes.

''We were more aggressive in the first half. We had tempo, they didn't,'' James said. ''Then they were more aggressive in the second half, they had tempo, and we didn't.''

Young is one of the few players still around from the record-breaking, 26-point collapse last year, which is one reason coach Nate McMillan has continually opted not to discuss it.

After the Pacers cut the 57-40 halftime deficit to 69-63 at the end of three, the Pacers continued to apply pressure and eventually Bogdanovic finally broke through with a four-point play that gave Indiana an 81-77 lead with 6:10 left. It was Indiana's first lead since midway through the first quarter.

He was far from finished.

Bogdanovic knocked down another 3 to make it a seven-point game.

Then, after James countered with seven straight to tie the score, Bogdanovic scored on a layup and hit his final 3 before Young's layup made it 91-84 with 53 seconds to go.

James and Kevin Love made back-to-back 3s to make it 91-90, and Cleveland got one more chance after Darren Collison missed the second free throw with 5 seconds left.

But J.R. Smith's 38-foot heave came up short.

''It's great to be on the other end,'' Myles Turner said. ''You never want to get down that far and have to try and come back. To be down in that position is not ideal. The resiliency of this team, it's unbelievable.''

TIP-INS

Cavaliers: Have lost five of seven to the Pacers and are 0-3 in Indianapolis this season. ... Cleveland is 37-7 in the playoffs against Eastern Conference teams since James returned in 2015. ... Love finished with 19 points and six rebounds despite playing with an injured left thumb. ... George Hill scored nine points in the first quarter and finished with 13. ... James has 12 straight double-doubles against the Pacers. He also played in his 221st career playoff game to move past Kobe Bryant for No. 6 on the career list.

Pacers: Have won only two of their last seven playoff games against the Cavs. ... Indiana is now 12-3 in games decided by three or fewer points this season. ... The Pacers have rallied from deficits of 15 or more points nine times. ... Bogdanovic tied the Pacers' playoff record for 3s made, which was done four other times.

TEMPERS FLARE

Indiana's fans booed the refs loudly throughout the first half. Then they really got upset after watching Oladipo crash hard to the floor on the final play of the half.

No foul was called and Oladipo slapped the floor before getting up and complaining.

If that wasn't enough to upset the crowd, Larry Nance Jr. walked over and started yelling at Oladipo. That's when Young stepped in and tried to peacemaker.

Nobody was called for a technical foul.

HOW BAD WAS IT?

Whether the verbal jabs provided any fuel at halftime, the Cavs certainly weren't the same in the second half, when they were 13 of 28 from the field, 5 of 22 on 3s and had 10 turnovers.

James scored 15 points over the final two quarters, while his teammates accounted for 18. Following the game, James was asked about getting more support from his teammates.

''What are you guys looking for? You think I'm going to throw my teammates under the bus?'' James said before the reporter explained that's not what he meant. ''I'm not about that. Guys have got to play better - including myself. I had six turnovers tonight. I was horrible in the third quarter. I couldn't make a shot. If I make some better plays in the third quarter (it's a different game).''

THEY SAID IT

Cavaliers: ''I'm confident,'' coach Tyronn Lue said. ''I think if we play the way we did in the first half, we can definitely win. We've got to win come Sunday.''

Pacers: ''A lot of teams have been close with LeBron but he ends up winning,'' McMillan said. ''So we're not in this thing to be close.''

UP NEXT

Game 4 is Sunday at Indianapolis.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:49   Personal foul on Bojan Bogdanovic  
11:40 +2 George Hill made finger-roll layup, assist by Kevin Love 2-0
11:24   Bad pass turnover on Myles Turner, stolen by Kyle Korver  
11:21   Shooting foul on Myles Turner  
11:21   George Hill missed 1st of 2 free throws  
11:21   Team rebound  
11:21 +1 George Hill made 2nd of 2 free throws 3-0
11:09   Personal foul on George Hill  
11:04   Darren Collison missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:59   Defensive rebound by LeBron James  
10:52 +2 LeBron James made fade-away jump shot 5-0
10:35   Myles Turner missed jump shot  
10:32   Defensive rebound by J.R. Smith  
10:22   Bad pass turnover on Kyle Korver, stolen by Victor Oladipo  
10:17 +3 Victor Oladipo made 3-pt. jump shot 5-3
9:54   Kevin Love missed driving layup  
9:53   Defensive rebound by Bojan Bogdanovic  
9:49 +2 Bojan Bogdanovic made driving layup 5-5
9:30   Shooting foul on Bojan Bogdanovic  
9:30 +1 George Hill made 1st of 2 free throws 6-5
9:30 +1 George Hill made 2nd of 2 free throws 7-5
9:12   Personal foul on Kyle Korver  
9:06   Bad pass turnover on Darren Collison, stolen by J.R. Smith  
9:00   J.R. Smith missed driving layup  
8:58   Offensive rebound by LeBron James  
8:58   LeBron James missed dunk  
8:57   Defensive rebound by Myles Turner  
8:53   Shooting foul on Kyle Korver  
8:53 +1 Lance Stephenson made 1st of 2 free throws 7-6
8:53 +1 Lance Stephenson made 2nd of 2 free throws 7-7
8:37   Bad pass turnover on LeBron James, stolen by Darren Collison  
8:28 +2 Thaddeus Young made layup, assist by Darren Collison 7-9
8:11 +2 George Hill made jump shot 9-9
7:50   Myles Turner missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:47   Offensive rebound by Thaddeus Young  
7:30 +2 Lance Stephenson made finger-roll layup, assist by Victor Oladipo 9-11
7:05   Shooting foul on Lance Stephenson  
7:05 +1 LeBron James made 1st of 2 free throws 10-11
7:05   LeBron James missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
7:05   Defensive rebound by Lance Stephenson  
6:44   Lost ball turnover on Victor Oladipo, stolen by Kyle Korver  
6:41 +2 George Hill made dunk, assist by Kyle Korver 12-11
6:31 +2 Lance Stephenson made finger-roll layup 12-13
6:17 +3 J.R. Smith made 3-pt. jump shot 15-13
5:55 +2 Darren Collison made driving layup 15-15
5:30   LeBron James missed finger-roll layup  
5:28 +2 Kevin Love made dunk 17-15
5:28   Offensive rebound by Kevin Love  
5:11   Bad pass turnover on Lance Stephenson, stolen by J.R. Smith  
5:02   J.R. Smith missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:58   Defensive rebound by Lance Stephenson  
4:54   Darren Collison missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:51   Defensive rebound by LeBron James  
4:30   Shooting foul on Thaddeus Young  
4:30 +1 Kevin Love made 1st of 2 free throws 18-15
4:30 +1 Kevin Love made 2nd of 2 free throws 19-15
4:08   Thaddeus Young missed jump shot  
4:06   Defensive rebound by Larry Nance Jr.  
3:57 +2 Kevin Love made layup, assist by LeBron James 21-15
3:48   Personal foul on J.R. Smith  
3:37   Personal foul on Larry Nance Jr.  
3:37 +1 Cory Joseph made 1st of 2 free throws 21-16
3:37 +1 Cory Joseph made 2nd of 2 free throws 21-17
3:23 +2 LeBron James made layup 23-17
3:19   Out of bounds turnover on Victor Oladipo  
3:10   Offensive foul on LeBron James  
3:10   Offensive foul on LeBron James  
2:57   Double dribble turnover on Victor Oladipo  
2:43 +2 J.R. Smith made layup, assist by LeBron James 25-17
2:28   Victor Oladipo missed layup  
2:25   Defensive rebound by LeBron James  
2:19 +2 LeBron James made driving dunk 27-17
2:18   Shooting foul on Domantas Sabonis  
2:18 +1 LeBron James made free throw 28-17
2:01   Lance Stephenson missed jump shot  
1:58   Defensive rebound by J.R. Smith  
1:45 +2 Larry Nance Jr. made jump shot, assist by LeBron James 30-17
1:26 +3 Bojan Bogdanovic made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Victor Oladipo 30-20
1:06   LeBron James missed jump shot  
1:04   Defensive rebound by Domantas Sabonis  
0:54   Victor Oladipo missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:50   Defensive rebound by LeBron James  
0:45   Offensive foul on Rodney Hood  
0:45   Offensive foul on Rodney Hood  
0:34   Bad pass turnover on Cory Joseph, stolen by Rodney Hood  
0:28   Shooting foul on Cory Joseph  
0:28 +1 Jeff Green made 1st of 2 free throws 31-20
0:28   Jeff Green missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
0:28   Defensive rebound by Trevor Booker  
0:06   Lance Stephenson missed finger-roll layup, blocked by Jeff Green  
0:03   Defensive rebound by Larry Nance Jr.  
0:00   Jordan Clarkson missed layup  
0:00   Team rebound  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:47 +3 Bojan Bogdanovic made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Cory Joseph 31-23
11:19   Jeff Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:20   Jeff Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:20   Team rebound  
11:20   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
10:56 +2 Lance Stephenson made jump shot 31-25
10:36 +2 Rodney Hood made jump shot, assist by Jeff Green 33-25
10:36 +2 Rodney Hood made jump shot, assist by Jeff Green 35-25
10:12   Bad pass turnover on Bojan Bogdanovic, stolen by Jeff Green  
10:04   Jordan Clarkson missed layup  
10:04   Offensive rebound by Larry Nance Jr.  
10:03 +2 Larry Nance Jr. made dunk 37-25
9:41 +2 Cory Joseph made jump shot 37-27
9:21 +2 Kevin Love made layup, assist by Rodney Hood 39-27
9:03 +2 Domantas Sabonis made hook shot 39-29
8:49 +2 Jordan Clarkson made floating jump shot 41-29
8:19 +2 Domantas Sabonis made layup 41-31
7:52   Larry Nance Jr. missed jump shot  
7:49   Defensive rebound by Trevor Booker  
7:45   Lance Stephenson missed jump shot  
7:42   Defensive rebound by Kevin Love  
7:32 +3 Kevin Love made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Larry Nance Jr. 44-31
7:04   Myles Turner missed driving layup  
7:01   Defensive rebound by Larry Nance Jr.  
6:50 +2 Kevin Love made jump shot, assist by Rodney Hood 46-31
6:34 +3 Bojan Bogdanovic made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Lance Stephenson 46-34
6:17   Kevin Love missed jump shot  
6:12   Offensive rebound by Larry Nance Jr.  
6:10   Personal foul on Thaddeus Young  
6:04 +3 LeBron James made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by George Hill 49-34
5:43   Out of bounds turnover on Bojan Bogdanovic  
5:18   Bad pass turnover on LeBron James, stolen by Thaddeus Young  
5:11   Darren Collison missed driving layup  
5:10   Offensive rebound by Myles Turner  
5:09 +2 Myles Turner made dunk 49-36
5:00   Personal foul on Darren Collison  
4:57   Kevin Love missed layup  
4:56   Defensive rebound by Myles Turner  
4:45   Bojan Bogdanovic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:43   Team rebound  
4:43   Personal foul on George Hill  
4:35 +2 Victor Oladipo made jump shot 49-38
4:17   J.R. Smith missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:14   Offensive rebound by Kevin Love  
4:13   Lost ball turnover on Kevin Love, stolen by Victor Oladipo  
4:12   Personal foul on J.R. Smith  
3:58   Thaddeus Young missed layup  
3:56   Defensive rebound by LeBron James  
3:47   LeBron James missed jump shot  
3:45   Defensive rebound by Myles Turner  
3:33   Darren Collison missed driving layup  
3:31   Defensive rebound by LeBron James  
3:26 +2 LeBron James made layup 51-38
3:02   Out of bounds turnover on Victor Oladipo  
2:45   Kevin Love missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:42   Offensive rebound by Kyle Korver  
2:26   Kevin Love missed layup, blocked by Thaddeus Young  
2:22   Defensive rebound by Lance Stephenson  
2:14   Lance Stephenson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:10   Defensive rebound by Kyle Korver  
1:57   George Hill missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:55   Offensive rebound by LeBron James  
1:55   Personal foul on Lance Stephenson  
1:40   Personal foul on Lance Stephenson  
1:40 +1 George Hill made 1st of 2 free throws 52-38
1:40 +1 George Hill made 2nd of 2 free throws 53-38
1:15   Bojan Bogdanovic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:14   Team rebound  
1:16   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
1:08 +3 Jeff Green made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by LeBron James 56-38
0:52 +2 Thaddeus Young made layup, assist by Domantas Sabonis 56-40
0:39 +3 Kevin Love made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Rodney Hood 59-40
0:31   Victor Oladipo missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:31   Defensive rebound by J.R. Smith  
0:08   LeBron James missed jump shot  
0:06   Defensive rebound by Darren Collison  
0:04   Personal foul on Jeff Green  
0:00   Victor Oladipo missed jump shot  
0:00   Team rebound  
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:52   Personal foul on Kevin Love  
11:44 +2 Victor Oladipo made jump shot, assist by Darren Collison 59-42
11:28   J.R. Smith missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:25   Defensive rebound by Bojan Bogdanovic  
11:09   Myles Turner missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:05   Thaddeus Young missed dunk  
11:05   Offensive rebound by Thaddeus Young  
11:03   Defensive rebound by LeBron James  
10:51   Personal foul on Myles Turner  
10:39   LeBron James missed jump shot  
10:36   Defensive rebound by Victor Oladipo  
10:30   Victor Oladipo missed finger-roll layup  
10:29 +2 Thaddeus Young made dunk 59-44
10:29   Offensive rebound by Thaddeus Young  
10:24   Kyle Korver missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:21   Defensive rebound by Victor Oladipo  
10:21   Personal foul on Kevin Love  
10:06   Bad pass turnover on Darren Collison, stolen by J.R. Smith  
10:00 +2 LeBron James made finger-roll layup 61-44
9:44 +2 Bojan Bogdanovic made floating jump shot, assist by Thaddeus Young 61-46
9:24   Out of bounds turnover on Kevin Love  
9:09   Darren Collison missed driving layup  
9:06   Offensive rebound by Thaddeus Young  
9:06 +2 Thaddeus Young made dunk 61-48
8:50 +2 George Hill made driving dunk 63-48
8:39   Shooting foul on J.R. Smith  
8:39 +1 Victor Oladipo made 1st of 2 free throws 63-49
8:39   Victor Oladipo missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
8:39   Defensive rebound by Kyle Korver  
8:23   Lost ball turnover on George Hill, stolen by Thaddeus Young  
8:20   Bad pass turnover on Thaddeus Young, stolen by J.R. Smith  
8:01   LeBron James missed driving layup, blocked by Thaddeus Young  
7:56   Defensive rebound by Darren Collison  
7:48   Thaddeus Young missed finger-roll layup  
7:44   Defensive rebound by George Hill  
7:32   Kyle Korver missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:29   Defensive rebound by Myles Turner  
7:24   Offensive foul on Myles Turner  
7:24   Offensive foul on Myles Turner  
7:13   Personal foul on Thaddeus Young  
7:00   LeBron James missed jump shot  
6:56   Defensive rebound by Thaddeus Young  
6:52   Personal foul on J.R. Smith  
6:52 +1 Victor Oladipo made 1st of 2 free throws 63-50
6:52 +1 Victor Oladipo made 2nd of 2 free throws 63-51
6:32   Lost ball turnover on Kevin Love, stolen by Myles Turner  
6:26 +2 Bojan Bogdanovic made floating jump shot 63-53
6:16   Personal foul on Darren Collison  
6:07   Out of bounds turnover on Kevin Love  
6:00   Victor Oladipo missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:56   Defensive rebound by Kevin Love  
5:49 +3 J.R. Smith made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by LeBron James 66-53
5:31   Lost ball turnover on Myles Turner, stolen by Kevin Love  
5:27   Kyle Korver missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:26   Team rebound  
5:26   Personal foul on Kevin Love  
5:26 +1 Victor Oladipo made 1st of 2 free throws 66-54
5:26 +1 Victor Oladipo made 2nd of 2 free throws 66-55
5:09 +2 Rodney Hood made jump shot, assist by LeBron James 68-55
4:59 +2 Thaddeus Young made finger-roll layup, assist by Victor Oladipo 68-57
4:42   Bad pass turnover on LeBron James, stolen by Victor Oladipo  
4:38 +2 Victor Oladipo made finger-roll layup 68-59
4:11   Rodney Hood missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:10   Team rebound  
4:10   Personal foul on Bojan Bogdanovic  
4:10 +1 LeBron James made free throw 69-59
3:57   J.R. Smith missed driving dunk  
3:55   Offensive rebound by LeBron James  
3:53   George Hill missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:51   Defensive rebound by Bojan Bogdanovic  
3:45   Victor Oladipo missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:42   Defensive rebound by J.R. Smith  
3:21   LeBron James missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:18   Defensive rebound by Victor Oladipo  
3:11   Shooting foul on J.R. Smith  
3:11   Team rebound  
3:11   Bojan Bogdanovic missed 1st of 2 free throws  
3:11   Bojan Bogdanovic missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
3:08   Defensive rebound by LeBron James  
2:50   Jeff Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:46   Defensive rebound by Bojan Bogdanovic  
2:32   Darren Collison missed jump shot  
2:27   Defensive rebound by Jordan Clarkson  
2:10   LeBron James missed jump shot  
2:04   Defensive rebound by Victor Oladipo  
1:49 +2 Myles Turner made jump shot 69-61
1:29 +2 Rodney Hood made jump shot, assist by Jeff Green 71-61
1:08   Lance Stephenson missed driving layup  
1:04 +2 Myles Turner made dunk 71-63
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