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Victor-y: Oladipo scores 32 as Pacers stun LeBron, Cavs

CLEVELAND (AP) 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.

''Is it?'' James said. ''I've never lost a game in the first round before in my career?

But while he knows the narrative before Wednesday's Game 2 will be on the struggles of Cleveland's playoff newcomers, James isn't worried.

''I'm down 0-1 in the first round,'' he said. ''I was down 3-1 in the Finals. So, I'm the last guy to ask about how you're going to feel the next couple days.''

The Pacers are feeling confident after beating the Cavs for fourth time this season.

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.

''We believe that we can win,'' Oladipo said. ''We came into this game with a mentality that we wanted to attack on both ends of the floor and play the way we've been playing all year, and we did a great job of that. It's only one game, it's only Game 1.''

The Pacers completely outplayed the three-time defending conference champions, whose turbulent regular season has carried over into the playoffs.

James scored 24 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.

''They were more aggressive,'' James said. ''They just played inspired basketball and they just took advantage of everything we wanted to try and do. They were more physical than us at the point of attack, and they were most precise with what they wanted to do and we couldn't score the ball.''

Cleveland went just 8 of 34 on 3-pointers and missed eight of 20 free throws.

The Cavs' playoff theme is: ''Whatever It Takes.''

Well, it's now going to take a first-round comeback.

This is all new to James, who had won 21 consecutive first-round games and lost a postseason for the first time in his 13th playoffs. The 33-year-old is trying to get to his eighth straight Finals, and already the path is tougher than imagined. Cleveland had won 14 straight first-round games, last losing on April 22, 2010, the last season of James' first stint with the Cavs.

Indiana was swept by Cleveland in last year's opening round. Those Pacers, though, didn't have Oladipo or the balance of this Indy squad, which may lack experience but not confidence.

Lance Stephenson, a longtime playoff nemesis for James, helped set the tone in the first quarter with a dunk he punctuated by throwing several punches into the padded basket stanchion

The Pacers took the fight to the Cavs, and Indiana's players are battling critics who say they can't compete with Cleveland.

''We were definitely mad,'' Stephenson said. ''They still don't believe. We're just going to keep proving everyone wrong and play together.''

While some fans are getting their first look at Oladipo, the Pacers have seen this before.

''On this team, we all know what Victor can do when he steps on the court,'' Thaddeus Young said. ''You've got to double-team him because he makes good decisions with the basketball. When you don't, you saw what he's capable of.''

NO RESPECT

Oladipo said Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert provided him with extra motivation, citing his offseason remark that Indiana should have received better talent from Oklahoma City in return for Paul George. ''You could say it added fuel to the fire,'' Oladipo said. ''I'm aware of what he said. Can't control his opinion.''

BANGED UP

Hill sustained a bruised back when he was hit from behind on a screen by Indiana's Trevor Booker. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said Hill's back bothered him after halftime and he was forced to play James at the point. Lue expects Hill to be good for Wednesday.

Cavs forward Kyle Korver played just four minutes because of lingering foot soreness.

TIP-INS

Pacers: Indiana has been eliminated by James four times in the past eight seasons. ..... Haven't won a series since beating Washington in six games in the 2014 semifinals. ... Improved to 22-22 in the opening game of a series, including 9-16 on the road.

Cavaliers: James surpassed Michael Jordan (2,188) for the second-most made field goals in playoff history. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (2,356) tops the list. ... James dropped to 48-8 in first-round games. ... Green was 0 for 7 from the field, 0 for 3 from the line and the Cavs were outscored by 15 when he was on the floor.

UP NEXT

Game 2 is Wednesday night.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:44 +2 Myles Turner made jump shot, assist by Darren Collison 2-0
11:23 +2 Rodney Hood made dunk, assist by LeBron James 2-2
11:03   Darren Collison missed jump shot  
11:00   Defensive rebound by LeBron James  
10:54   Kevin Love missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:50   Offensive rebound by George Hill  
10:48   Kevin Love missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:44   Defensive rebound by Victor Oladipo  
10:26   Bojan Bogdanovic missed turnaround jump shot  
10:24   Offensive rebound by Darren Collison  
10:19 +2 Thaddeus Young made driving layup, assist by Darren Collison 4-2
10:05   Lost ball turnover on LeBron James, stolen by Bojan Bogdanovic  
9:52   Victor Oladipo missed jump shot  
9:47   Team rebound  
9:47   Kicked ball violation  
9:33   Kevin Love missed fade-away jump shot  
9:31   Defensive rebound by Victor Oladipo  
9:23   Personal foul on Rodney Hood  
9:14   Bad pass turnover on Victor Oladipo, stolen by LeBron James  
9:09 +2 George Hill made dunk, assist by LeBron James 4-4
8:53   Bad pass turnover on Victor Oladipo, stolen by Rodney Hood  
8:49   Rodney Hood missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:49   Team rebound  
8:36   Shooting foul on Rodney Hood  
8:36 +1 Myles Turner made 1st of 2 free throws 5-4
8:36   Myles Turner missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
8:33   Defensive rebound by Jeff Green  
8:14   Jeff Green missed hook shot  
8:10   Defensive rebound by Darren Collison  
8:06   Myles Turner missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:02   Defensive rebound by LeBron James  
7:58   Kyle Korver missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:56   Defensive rebound by Victor Oladipo  
7:51   Bojan Bogdanovic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:48   Offensive rebound by Thaddeus Young  
7:44 +3 Victor Oladipo made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Thaddeus Young 8-4
7:29   Personal foul on Bojan Bogdanovic  
7:16   Kyle Korver missed turnaround jump shot  
7:13   Offensive rebound by George Hill  
7:12   George Hill missed 3-pt. turnaround jump shot  
7:12   Team rebound  
7:12   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
7:04   Personal foul on Kevin Love  
6:53 +2 Myles Turner made turnaround jump shot, assist by Bojan Bogdanovic 10-4
6:40   Kyle Korver missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:38   Defensive rebound by Myles Turner  
6:18   Darren Collison missed jump shot  
6:15   Defensive rebound by Kevin Love  
6:13   Out of bounds turnover on LeBron James  
6:00   Darren Collison missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:57   Defensive rebound by Kevin Love  
5:54   Bad pass turnover on Kevin Love, stolen by Victor Oladipo  
5:50   Lost ball turnover on Myles Turner, stolen by George Hill  
5:45   Bad pass turnover on George Hill, stolen by Victor Oladipo  
5:23 +2 Darren Collison made driving layup, assist by Myles Turner 12-4
5:01   Bad pass turnover on Kyle Korver, stolen by Bojan Bogdanovic  
4:58 +2 Bojan Bogdanovic made layup 14-4
4:58   Shooting foul on George Hill  
4:58 +1 Bojan Bogdanovic made free throw 15-4
4:43   George Hill missed floating jump shot  
4:42   Defensive rebound by Bojan Bogdanovic  
4:33 +2 Bojan Bogdanovic made driving layup 17-4
4:33   Shooting foul on Kevin Love  
4:33 +1 Bojan Bogdanovic made free throw 18-4
4:11 +2 Larry Nance Jr. made layup, assist by Jose Calderon 18-6
4:06   Personal foul on Jose Calderon  
4:06 +1 Victor Oladipo made 1st of 2 free throws 19-6
4:06 +1 Victor Oladipo made 2nd of 2 free throws 20-6
3:52   Jose Calderon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:50   Defensive rebound by Domantas Sabonis  
3:47   Shooting foul on Jeff Green  
3:47   Team rebound  
3:47   Victor Oladipo missed 1st of 2 free throws  
3:47   Victor Oladipo missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
3:44   Defensive rebound by Larry Nance Jr.  
3:28 +2 Larry Nance Jr. made hook shot, assist by LeBron James 20-8
3:09 +3 Victor Oladipo made 3-pt. jump shot 23-8
2:46   Lost ball turnover on Jeff Green, stolen by Darren Collison  
2:40   Myles Turner missed driving layup  
2:35   Offensive rebound by Myles Turner  
2:35 +2 Myles Turner made dunk 25-8
2:20   Personal foul on Lance Stephenson  
2:12   J.R. Smith missed floating jump shot  
2:10   Defensive rebound by Victor Oladipo  
2:04   Lance Stephenson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:01   Defensive rebound by Jeff Green  
1:52   Shooting foul on Domantas Sabonis  
1:52 +1 LeBron James made 1st of 2 free throws 25-9
1:52 +1 LeBron James made 2nd of 2 free throws 25-10
1:37 +3 Victor Oladipo made 3-pt. jump shot 28-10
1:24   LeBron James missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:22   Defensive rebound by Trevor Booker  
1:16   Victor Oladipo missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:13   Defensive rebound by J.R. Smith  
1:05   LeBron James missed driving layup  
1:04   Offensive rebound by LeBron James  
0:58   LeBron James missed dunk, blocked by Domantas Sabonis  
0:56   Defensive rebound by Cory Joseph  
0:57 +2 Lance Stephenson made driving dunk, assist by Victor Oladipo 30-10
0:57   Shooting foul on Jeff Green  
0:57   Lance Stephenson missed free throw  
0:54   Offensive rebound by Trevor Booker  
0:34   Victor Oladipo missed jump shot  
0:33   Team rebound  
0:33   Personal foul on Domantas Sabonis  
0:33 +1 Jordan Clarkson made 1st of 2 free throws 30-11
0:33 +1 Jordan Clarkson made 2nd of 2 free throws 30-12
0:18 +3 Lance Stephenson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Victor Oladipo 33-12
0:01 +2 Larry Nance Jr. made layup, assist by LeBron James 33-14
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:37 +3 George Hill made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by LeBron James 33-17
11:17   Lance Stephenson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:15   Defensive rebound by J.R. Smith  
11:08 +2 LeBron James made driving layup 33-19
10:46   Cory Joseph missed jump shot  
10:43   Defensive rebound by LeBron James  
10:37   J.R. Smith missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:34   Defensive rebound by Lance Stephenson  
10:28   Lance Stephenson missed layup  
10:24   Defensive rebound by George Hill  
10:21 +2 LeBron James made finger-roll layup, assist by George Hill 33-21
10:22   Delay of game violation  
10:07   Bojan Bogdanovic missed jump shot  
10:01   Offensive rebound by Domantas Sabonis  
10:01   Shooting foul on George Hill  
10:01 +1 Trevor Booker made 1st of 2 free throws 34-21
10:01   Trevor Booker missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
9:58   Defensive rebound by Kevin Love  
9:36   Jordan Clarkson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:33   Offensive rebound by Kevin Love  
9:29   Lost ball turnover on Larry Nance Jr., stolen by Cory Joseph  
9:25   Out of bounds turnover on Bojan Bogdanovic  
9:11   Personal foul on Trevor Booker  
9:05   J.R. Smith missed jump shot  
9:02   Defensive rebound by Lance Stephenson  
8:59   Offensive foul on Trevor Booker  
8:59   Offensive foul on Trevor Booker  
8:47 +2 J.R. Smith made finger-roll layup, assist by Larry Nance Jr. 34-23
8:37   Shooting foul on J.R. Smith  
8:37 +1 Bojan Bogdanovic made 1st of 2 free throws 35-23
8:37 +1 Bojan Bogdanovic made 2nd of 2 free throws 36-23
8:21   Bad pass turnover on J.R. Smith, stolen by Cory Joseph  
8:17 +2 Bojan Bogdanovic made driving layup, assist by Cory Joseph 38-23
8:01   Larry Nance Jr. missed hook shot  
7:59   Defensive rebound by Lance Stephenson  
7:56 +2 Lance Stephenson made layup 40-23
7:37   LeBron James missed jump shot  
7:35   Defensive rebound by Domantas Sabonis  
7:16   Bojan Bogdanovic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:10   Defensive rebound by Rodney Hood  
7:07 +2 LeBron James made driving layup 40-25
7:07   Shooting foul on Domantas Sabonis  
7:07 +1 LeBron James made free throw 40-26
6:43   Cory Joseph missed floating jump shot  
6:43   Defensive rebound by Kevin Love  
6:43   Personal foul on Cory Joseph  
6:33   Personal foul on Cory Joseph  
6:24 +2 Jordan Clarkson made layup, assist by LeBron James 40-28
5:59 +2 Lance Stephenson made floating jump shot 42-28
5:47 +2 LeBron James made driving layup 42-30
5:32   Victor Oladipo missed jump shot  
5:30   Defensive rebound by Kevin Love  
5:21 +2 LeBron James made driving layup 42-32
5:04 +3 Cory Joseph made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Victor Oladipo 45-32
4:42   Kevin Love missed jump shot  
4:39   Defensive rebound by Victor Oladipo  
4:37 +2 Victor Oladipo made jump shot 47-32
4:19   Shooting foul on Victor Oladipo  
4:19   Team rebound  
4:19   Rodney Hood missed 1st of 2 free throws  
4:19   Rodney Hood missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
4:17   Defensive rebound by Bojan Bogdanovic  
4:07   Victor Oladipo missed layup, blocked by Kevin Love  
4:04   Defensive rebound by Kevin Love  
3:57   LeBron James missed layup, blocked by Victor Oladipo  
3:54   Defensive rebound by Bojan Bogdanovic  
3:53   Thaddeus Young missed layup  
3:50   Defensive rebound by Jeff Green  
3:46 +2 Rodney Hood made layup 47-34
3:20   Darren Collison missed jump shot  
3:17   Defensive rebound by Jeff Green  
3:02   George Hill missed floating jump shot  
3:02   Offensive rebound by LeBron James  
3:02   Personal foul on Myles Turner  
3:02   LeBron James missed 1st of 2 free throws  
3:02   Team rebound  
3:02   LeBron James missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
3:00   Defensive rebound by Myles Turner  
2:41   Traveling violation turnover on Darren Collison  
2:25   Rodney Hood missed jump shot  
2:23   Defensive rebound by Thaddeus Young  
2:20 +3 Victor Oladipo made 3-pt. jump shot 50-34
1:53 +3 Kevin Love made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Rodney Hood 50-37
1:35   Bojan Bogdanovic missed driving layup  
1:33   Defensive rebound by Kevin Love  
1:14   Personal foul on Victor Oladipo  
1:14   LeBron James missed 1st of 2 free throws  
1:14   Team rebound  
1:14 +1 LeBron James made 2nd of 2 free throws 50-38
0:58 +2 Myles Turner made turnaround jump shot, assist by Darren Collison 52-38
0:43   George Hill missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:41   Defensive rebound by Bojan Bogdanovic  
0:27   Bad pass turnover on Lance Stephenson, stolen by Larry Nance Jr.  
0:20   Jordan Clarkson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:17   Defensive rebound by Lance Stephenson  
0:02 +3 Myles Turner made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Darren Collison 55-38
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:37   Jeff Green missed floating jump shot  
11:34   Defensive rebound by Myles Turner  
11:30 +2 Myles Turner made layup, assist by Darren Collison 57-38
11:12   Lost ball turnover on George Hill, stolen by Bojan Bogdanovic  
11:08 +2 Victor Oladipo made layup, assist by Darren Collison 59-38
10:48   LeBron James missed layup, blocked by Thaddeus Young  
10:44   Defensive rebound by Bojan Bogdanovic  
10:28 +2 Thaddeus Young made hook shot 61-38
10:14 +3 Kevin Love made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by LeBron James 61-41
9:47   Victor Oladipo missed jump shot  
9:46   Defensive rebound by LeBron James  
9:38   Jeff Green missed floating jump shot  
9:36   Defensive rebound by Myles Turner  
9:17 +2 Thaddeus Young made floating jump shot 63-41
8:58 +2 George Hill made jump shot 63-43
8:45   Bojan Bogdanovic missed hook shot  
8:42   Defensive rebound by Kevin Love  
8:39   Personal foul on Victor Oladipo  
8:30   Bad pass turnover on Kevin Love, stolen by Darren Collison  
8:25   Shooting foul on J.R. Smith  
8:25   Victor Oladipo missed 1st of 2 free throws  
8:25   Team rebound  
8:25 +1 Victor Oladipo made 2nd of 2 free throws 64-43
8:14   Shooting foul on Bojan Bogdanovic  
8:14 +1 LeBron James made 1st of 2 free throws 64-44
8:14 +1 LeBron James made 2nd of 2 free throws 64-45
8:02 +2 Victor Oladipo made jump shot 66-45
7:37   LeBron James missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:34   Offensive rebound by Kevin Love  
7:32 +3 J.R. Smith made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kevin Love 66-48
7:11   Bojan Bogdanovic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:07   Defensive rebound by Kevin Love  
6:58   Kevin Love missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:55   Defensive rebound by Darren Collison  
6:51   Bojan Bogdanovic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:48   Offensive rebound by Thaddeus Young  
6:43   Bojan Bogdanovic missed reverse layup  
6:41   Defensive rebound by Kevin Love  
6:20   LeBron James missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:20   Team rebound  
6:07   Shooting foul on LeBron James  
6:07 +1 Myles Turner made 1st of 2 free throws 67-48
6:07 +1 Myles Turner made 2nd of 2 free throws 68-48
5:49 +2 Larry Nance Jr. made reverse layup, assist by J.R. Smith 68-50
5:38   Darren Collison missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:36