Published: Fri, April 27, 2018
Sports | By Brandy Patterson

LeBron's buzzer-beater carries Cavs

LeBron's buzzer-beater carries Cavs

James is playing with a makeshift roster that was put together in a complete panic, a coach who has recently had to step aside for health problems, and his one fellow All-Star is now averaging 12 PPG in the series on 36% shooting from the field.

"I'll take some rest", James said after Game 5, comparing the Cavs' playoff run to the Hunger Games.

James is not a believer in momentum from one game to the next in a series. Rodney Hood has been shooting an atrocious 20% from 3-point range since the beginning of the playoffs, while playing nearly 20 minutes each game. Lance was "Good Lance" tonight, particularly in the second quarter, during which his savant-level passing and fearless-finishing kept the offense humming and helped open up a ten-point lead over the Cavs.

The two major differences are that the Orlando game was in the Eastern Conference Finals and the Cavs were down by one point. But the series couldn't be tighter. What gift Game 6 will be. It marked the third consecutive game in which he's struggled in that area, with the veteran connecting on just 12-of-50 attempts over that time for a shooting percentage of 24 percent.

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The Pacers lost Game 4, 104-100. But a game-saving block on Victor Oladipo and a game-winning buzzer beating three launched it into the pantheon of LeBron's all-time great performances.

"The series ain't over", Oladipo said. With all that said, you have to like the Pacers chances of winning this game at home and forcing a game seven. Of course, IN fans don't want to hear that, but for the rest of us, it's a relief that we don't have to spend Friday staring at frame-by-frame breakdowns of Victor Oladipo's unsuccessful foray to the hoop. I don't think anybody is discouraged or upset.

"We want it", McMillan said.

The Indiana Pacers need a victory here to save their season and force a game seven on Sunday.

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It's also worth mentioning that virtually nothing has been easy for the Cavs this season. Thanks to a question from WFNY's Scott Sargent, head coach Tyronn Lue commented on Calderon's impressive game on the defensive side of the ball.

There's been injuries and drama galore. Oladipo was just 2-of-15 and is now 7-of-35 in the past two games. Kevin Love shot 2-for-11 from the field.

Kyle Korver added 19 points and Cleveland's much-maligned defense tightened just in time as the Cavaliers seized their first lead in the first-round series after being down 1-0 and 2-1. He delivered for the Cavs in the fourth quarter.

The only team in the National Basketball Association to avoid a three-game losing streak this season, the Raptors went 5-0 following back-to-back losses during the regular season, and have not lost three straight since last year's second-round sweep against Cleveland.

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Asked about the non-call, he told reporters, "I got a step on him [James], felt like I even got grabbed on the way to the rim, tried to shoot a layup, it hit the backboard, then he blocked it".

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