Pacers' Victor Oladipo Fueled By Dan Gilbert Slight

Mike Wells previews the Pacers Cavaliers series

Victor Oladipo scored 32 points and IN 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.

Cleveland's defense held IN to just 65 points after the first quarter and to a manageable 45.6 percent shooting for the game, but the Pacers' All-Star guard, Victor Oladipo, went off for 32 points on 11-for-19 shooting.

It was the first opening round post-season loss of LeBron's career, ending a 21-game winning streak, although he managed 24 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.

Game 1, according to James, was a rude awakening for some of his teammates getting their first real taste of competing in the playoffs on a team with a target on its back as a title contender.

"Stay calm, stay composed, play the game I have all year long", Oladipo said of the key to his overwhelming day. As a team, the Cavaliers shot just 38 percent from the field and eight of 34 from the three-point line but maybe we should just credit the Pacers' defense for this one because the Cavaliers certainly had plenty of wide open looks in that first quarter. But the Pacers appeared focused and ready in Game 1.

FOX Sports Indiana will broadcast at least the next three Pacers playoff games, beginning with Game 2 in Cleveland on Wednesday night at 7:00 PM with the crew of Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), and Jeremiah Johnson (sideline reporter). Now to Indy. So I knew Doma wouldn't want me to sugarcoat anything, but I had to check in with him - let him know what I was thinking. We'll see what they're going to do.

"I just know I gotta step up", he said. Games 3 and 4 will be in Indianapolis.

But James projected confidence looking ahead to Game 2. If we make them, we make them.

It appeared like a lineup change could be necessary with Lue saying starting point guard George Hill's back was stiff Monday from a screen set by Indiana's Trevor Booker.

Bryce Harper's broken-bat home run is comically absurd
But anything like that? "It was impressive", Turner said "There's rumors that it was already broken beforehand". On his way back to the dugout, Harper celebrated by pulling up the sleeve of his shirt to show off his biceps.

The Pacers took the fight to the Cavs.

"It feels like the playoffs, especially now that we're down 0-1", he said.

"I know he played 40-some minutes, but he said his body felt good".

The Pacers have been running hot for a while now and they really came out firing in a big statement win in Game 1.

Over the next five minutes, the Pacers outscored the Cavaliers, 14-2, and took an 18-6 lead after forward Bojan Bogdanovic completed back-to-back three-point plays at the 4:58 and 4:33 marks of the first quarter.

George hit his seventh 3-pointer to push Oklahoma City's lead to 79-66.

Rozier added three free throws to provide the final margin.

The top-seeded Rockets had their hands full with the No. 8 Timberwolves on a night where Houston made just 10 of 37 3-pointers. Greek star Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 35 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists and gave the Celtics headaches until fouling out in overtime.

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