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  Houston R.
  Avg: 30.3
 1. Harden, Houston R.30.3 
 2. Davis, N.Orleans P.28.4 
 3. James, Clevelan.27.9 
 4. Antetokounmp., Milwauke.26.8 
 5. Durant, Golden S.26.5 
 6. Curry, Golden S.26.4 
 7. Lillard, Portland.26.4 
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 9. Cousins, N.Orlean.25.2 
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 1. Drummond, Detro.16.0 
 2. Jordan, LA Clippers15.2 
 3. Cousins, N.Orlean.12.9 
 4. Howard, Charlott.12.5 
 5. Towns, Minnesot.12.4 
 6. Davis, N.Orleans P.11.2 
 7. Capela, Houston R.11.1 
 8. Whiteside, Miami Heat11.0 
 9. Kanter, New Y.11.0 
 10. Embiid, Phi.76ers10.9 
Assists Per Game
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.10.1 
 2. Wall, Washington W.10.0 
 3. James, Clevelan.9.0 
 4. Harden, Houston R.8.6 
 5. Rondo, N.Orleans P.8.5 
 6. Simmons, Phi.76ers8.2 
 7. Paul, Houston R.7.8 
 8. Green, Golden S.7.3 
 9. Ball, LA Lakers7.2 
 10. Lowry, Toronto R.7.0 
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  Indiana P.
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Oladipo, Indiana P.2.3 
 2. Bledsoe, Milwaukee B.2.0 
 3. Dunn, Chicago B.2.0 
 4. George, Oklah.Ci.2.0 
 5. Butler, Minnesot.1.9 
 6. Harden, Houston R.1.8 
 7. Simmons, Phi.76ers1.8 
 8. Harris, Denver N.1.8 
 9. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.1.8 
 10. Paul, Houston R.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Anthony DAVIS
  N.Orleans P.
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Davis, N.Orleans P.2.5 
 2. Porzingis, New Y.2.4 
 3. Gobert, Utah Jazz2.3 
 4. Capela, Houston R.1.9 
 5. Turner, Indiana P.1.8 
 6. Embiid, Phi.76ers1.8 
 7. Whiteside, Miami Heat1.7 
 8. Durant, Golden S.1.7 
 9. Drummond, Detro.1.7 
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Indiana P. 55% Apr.27 Cleveland C
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Utah Jazz 60% Apr.27 Oklah.City T
Milwaukee B 56% Apr.26 Boston C.
Pacers fall to Cavs 119-114 in epic collapse - Apr 21, 2017

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The Indiana Pacers slugged the Cleveland Cavaliers with its best playoff punch in franchise history. The Pacers scored 74 points in an opening half blitz. It still wasn't enough to knock the defending NBA champions out. Cleveland rallied from a 25-point halftime deficit to earn a 119-114 victory at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Thursday in one of the most shocking playoff collapses in NBA history. 'We had to take one of their punches, but they gave us a flurry. More than we expected. We had to keep our composure and understand it's a 48-minute game,' Cleveland forward LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) said. The Pacers' lead peaked at 26 late in the first half. It wasn't the biggest playoff lead blown in NBA history, to be exact, it was the third largest. Seattle blew a 29-point deficit to the Los Angeles Lakers in 1989, a game Pacers coach Nate McMillan participated in as a member of the Supersonics. It was the biggest halftime deficit ever surrendered. The previous mark was 21-point halftime lead the Philadelphia Warriors lost to the original Baltimore Bullets in 1948. Record collapse or not, it was bad enough from the Pacers' perspective, and worse, it put the Pacers behind 3-0 in the first round Eastern Conference playoff series. James led the Cavs with 41 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists. For James, the 73 points he accounted for via his own points or via assists was the largest playoff output of his Hall of Fame career. James was nonplussed. 'The one thing I knew was we had a huge halftime deficit and came back to win the game. I didn't know it was the biggest halftime comeback. For myself? I just try to put myself in a position to help my teammates win. No matter who's on the floor with me, I try to empower them and make them better and believe we can be great every night,' James said. Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, college: Fresno St.) had 36 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists for the Pacers, but it was scant consolation in the wake of the Pacers' meltdown. 'Here we are up 25 to start the second half and we have a chance to put our foot on their throat. We came out relaxed and didn't pressure up on the ball. We didn't make anything tough,' George said. As one might imagine, the Pacers' locker room was in a state of shock after its damaging defeat. 'We're shocked we lost this game. We just have to come back for Game 4 and hopefully we can get that one,' said Pacers forward Thaddeus Young (6'8''-F-88, college: Georgia Tech), who had 14 points and 10 rebounds. The story of the game was Indiana's inability to repeat it's prodigious first-half scoring, or even, come close to the same clip. After converting 56.8 percent of its shots in the first half, Indiana converted just 13 of 51 in the second half. Conversely, Cleveland converted 21 of 38 from the field after the break. James scored 28 of his points in the second half, including 15 in the fourth quarter. George did not score in the third quarter, when Cleveland did most of the chipping away at the Pacers' advantage, but George's teammates contributed just 27 points combined in the second half. Nothing in the first half predicted the fate that was to befall the Pacers as Indiana came out white-hot. George only had two points in the first 17 minutes of the game, but it didn't matter, as the rest of the Pacers contributed 43 points over the same span. The contributions came from all sides. Lance Stephenson (6'5''-G/F-90, college: Cincinnati) contributed 11 points over that span. Kevin Seraphin (6'10''-C-89) had nine first-quarter points. Thaddeus Young scored seven over that stretch. It was a tie game until the final three minutes of the first quarter. The Pacers scored on their final eight possessions of the first quarter to take a 37-27 lead. It wasn't just points. Indiana kept Cleveland from scoring from its pick-and-roll offense and the Pacers also avoided turnovers, keeping the Cavs from initiating their powerful transition game. Cleveland morphed into a one-dimensional jump-shooting team. With a 9 of 23 first-half success rate from long-range, it made for a long night for Cleveland. For a brief moment, Cleveland crept back into the game with a 40-32 deficit when the Pacers really kicked it into gear. A Turner one-handed dunk over Tristan Thompson (6'9''-F-91, college: Texas) with 8:41 left in the first half got the Fieldhouse rocking. And then George shook himself out of his scoring funk. The Pacers' boulder was already rolling downhill, but George scored 21 points in the final 7:06 of the second quarter buried Cleveland under an avalanche of points. Indiana's lead was 74-49 and it seemed insurmountable. Secure with a 25-point halftime lead, it seemed the Pacers were on easy street. The Cavs quickly cut their deficit to 15 early in the period, but when Stephenson hit a 3-pointer with 4:37 left in the quarter, exclaiming it was 'his house' to the Fieldhouse faithful with Indiana leading 87-67, it seemed Cleveland's revival was temporary. James ensured that it wasn't. James scored eight in the final 4:17 and also fed open teammates. With the Pacers missing 21 of their 26 third-quarter shots, Cleveland's rally was in full swing. The deficit was cut to five at one point and it was 91-84 entering the final period. Indiana's offensive pace slackened considerably in the third quarter. The Pacers only had a total of 20 possessions and 12 of them were empty ones. 'I thought we slowed the pace down and slowed the game down. It gives a team momentum and they took advantage in the second half,' George said. 'Some of it was they were scoring more in the third and fourth quarter. We were forcing misses in the first half and pushing it,' McMillan said. 'I just didn't think we established that killer instinct of keeping the pressure on them offensively.' The nervy Pacers briefly got their advantage back to 10, but it didn't last. A 14-2 Cavaliers' run, capped by a pair of James dunks to tie it and then put Cleveland in front, wiped out the Pacers' lead for good. The Pacers shooting woes went on unabated in the second half. Though Indiana twice took the lead back from the Cavs after Cleveland initially took the lead back, the Pacers could not produce enough offense to avoid the tidal wave bearing down on them. What was extraordinary was it was James and Cleveland's bench that did the bulk of the damage as Cleveland stars Kyrie Irving (6'3''-G-92, college: Duke) and Kevin Love sat through much of the Cavs' rally. 'The bench definitely gets the game ball tonight. Channing [Frye], Shump [Iman Shumpert], D-Will [Deron Williams] and Kyle [Korver] came in and gave us huge minutes. We were on-point defensively and we knew exactly where we wanted to get to offensively,' James said. A James bucket with 4:50 left put Cleveland up for good. Four straight empty Pacers possessions in the final minutes, with the game still in one-possession territory, prevented Indiana from mounting a comeback. Cleveland iced the game at the free throw line in the final moments. The teams return to action at 1 p.m. Sunday for Game 4 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse as Indiana tries to avoid its first seven-game playoff sweep in its NBA history.
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