Pacers defenders clear lane for LeBron James

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Le Bron James. Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports  Reuters

Rockets 112, Suns 95: Chris Paul scored 25 points to lead six Houston players in double figures and the Rockets, still without injured James Harden, rolled past host Phoenix.

"We have enough talent here to get over that hump and make a lot of good things happen", Love said.

But Cleveland apparently rediscovered its form overnight, as the three-time defending Eastern Conference champions dominated the first quarter on Friday. They caught me on the retaliation.

"We went 1-5, or 1-4, whatever the hell it was, on this road trip, so there ain't no progress", James, who finished with 27 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds, told reporters after the game. IN shut out the Cavs over the final 3:57 and twice stopped James when he could have given the Cavs the lead.

In his first ever playoff game in 2006, James played the hero by tiptoeing the line and staying in play, leading to a game-winning layup to beat the (that time he was coming from the left of the hoop, rather than the right).

Oladipo made the free throw to extend Indiana's lead to 84-82.

Larry Nance Jr. had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, who blew an early 19-point lead before running away in the fourth quarter.

James then had two chances to give Cleveland the lead in the final 2 seconds.

Then, James' desperation 3 bounced high off the rim.

James was understandably frustrated, and he was caught on cameras in the first half of the game lashing out at his team-mates and assistant coach Phil Handy, after Pascal Siakam dunked with little resistance. They have two first-round draft picks - including the heralded Brooklyn Nets' selection via the Irving trade - but the superstar player whom the franchise could pursue with that pick has not been made available. Love now has 7,007 career rebounds.

Stephenson tied it with a 3-pointer at 74-all late in the third. He finished 2 for 15 and went 0 for 6 from 3-point range. Cleveland had a 39-18 scoring advantage on fast-break points.

Collison hit 9 of 11 shots, and Domantas Sabonis contributed 12 points and a team-high 15 rebounds for the Pacers. The Pacers are 17-5 when making 10 or more 3s in a game.

While Rose and Shumpert continue recovering from injuries, Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue chose to give Thomas and Wade extra rest because of the back-to-backs.

"How hard we play".

NEW ORLEANS - Anthony Davis scored 36 points in his return from a right ankle sprain, and New Orleans beat Portland. But the Cavaliers lacked the defensive pressure and fortitude against a team without two of its starters - point guard Kyle Lowry and forward Serge Ibaka - and had minimal energy off the bench.

What the replays showed later that the referees didn't see, however, was that Stephenson pushed James' side with his thumb that got the Cavs' star irate. It's going to start with us and just everybody getting back to what we were doing when we were playing good ball. We've got to get back to that helping the helper.

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