The Cavs have never lost a play-off series in which they led 2-0, going 12-0 when they have won the first two games.
Shumpert has been solid all season for Cleveland.
Cleveland Cavaliers' J.R. Smith (5) passes against Indiana Pacers' Jeff Teague (44) in the first half in Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Monday, April 17, 2017, in Cleveland.
In Game 2 on Monday night, Shump bounced back from a DNP-CD two days earlier to bring some serious juice to the squad after halftime. But the Cavs were able to salt the game away on the foul line, and held on for a 117-111 victory.
After the contest, Pacers star Paul George said Stephenson's body language can be contagious.More news: Four Adjustments For Hawks Going Into Game 2
He was, quite easily, the best player on the court and shots began to fall from everyone around him. "That was really the game plan right there". We all know that Lance is an emotional guy.
Kyrie Irving scored 37 points and Kevin Love added 27, while LeBron James had 25 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, four blocked shots and four steals. Kyrie Irving is averaging 30 points and four assists while LeBron James is averaging 28.5 points and eight rebounds.
"They made a run and they showed why they are the defending champs", said Thad Young, who posted his fourth career double-double in the playoffs (11 points, playoff-high 14 rebounds).
With James' and-one shot in the lane and ensuing free throw with 7:26 left in the second quarter of the Cleveland Cavaliers' 119-114 win in Game 3 of their first-round series against the Indiana Pacers on Thursday, James eclipsed Bryant for third place on the NBA's all-time postseason scoring list.
Coach Nate McMillan isn't sure how much he can use the league's slam dunk champion, who returned to practice on Sunday.More news: USA, Mexico and Canada team up for 2026 World Cup bid
"We have so many pieces on this team, but everyone has to stay ready", Irving said of Shumpert's cameo. We'll continue to work with him. "I think we get exhausted at times". They do a great job of recognizing matchups and taking advantage of it.
Game 3 will be one where Turner responds emphatically to George's words. There have been 121 occurrences and 60 percent (73) of them resulted in sweeps. Stephenson added 13 points and six boards off the bench.
However, the defending champions, following a pattern that began late in the regular season, almost gave away an 18-point lead in the fourth quarter as the Pacers cut the margin to four in the final minute before Cleveland closed out the game at the foul line. The Pacers managed to steady the ship after the wobble and got the lead back up to 20, but James sparked a 17-2 barrage to get within five, 89-84, near the close of the third. IN mustered just 40 points on 25.5 percent shooting in the second half.
The third quarter also featured a personal 10-0 run by Love.More news: Mourinho says no sense in Rashford playing for England Under-21s
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