Up 25 at halftime Thursday night during Game 3, it appeared two winless streaks were going to be broken. One, the Pacers would get on the board in their first-round series against the Cavaliers, and two, Jeff Teague would get his first playoff win against LeBron James.
Alas, The King was not so eager to let that happen, as he turned in a masterful second-half performance. James finished with 41 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists as he dragged the Cavs to victory by himself in the fourth quarter -- with Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving watching from the bench.
The 119-114 win for the Cavs extended their series lead to 3-0, and it ran James' personal winning streak over Teague to 11-0. In each of the last two seasons, LeBron and the Cavs faced Teague and the Hawks in the playoffs, sweeping them 4-0 both times.
Teague, however, is determined to make sure that streak doesn't get to 0-12 with a third straight sweep. He guaranteed a Pacers victory in Game 4.
"We playing for pride now," Teague said after the Game 3 loss. "We all competitors in here, we all believe in one another. We ain't getting swept."
Later, he reiterated his point, saying, "Like I said, we got pride, and we ain't getting swept."
The Pacers have been right there in every game this series, and the point differential through three games is just plus-12 in the Cavs' favor. So the Pacers certainly have a chance in Game 4, but they've also had chances in each of the first three games and haven't been able to get it done.