Oladipo scores 32 points, Pacers stun LeBron, Cavs

CLEVELAND (AP) Victor Oladipo scored 32 points and the Indiana
Pacers held off Cleveland’s second-half rally for a stunning 98-80
victory Sunday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference series, handing
LeBron James and the Cavaliers’ their first loss in the opening
round in eight years.

Indiana was in control from the outset, opening a 21-point lead in
the first quarter and leading by 23 in the third. The Cavs stormed
back and got within seven, but Oladipo hit a big 3-pointer and
Bojan Bogdanovic helped put Cleveland away with a 3 to make it

The Pacers completely outplayed the three-time defending conference
champions, whose turbulent regular season has carried over into the

Game 2 is Wednesday night.

James scored 24 with 12 assists and 10 rebounds for his 20th career
triple-double. But James got little help as Cleveland’s four other
starters – Kevin Love, Jeff Green, Rodney Hood and George Hill –
combined for 25 points.

This is all new to James, who had won 21 consecutive first-round
games and lost a postseason for the first time in his 13th
playoffs. The 33-year-old is trying to get to his eighth straight
Finals, and already the path is tougher than imagined.

Cleveland had won 14 straight first-round games, last losing on
April 22, 2010, the last season of James’ first stint with the
Cavs. Indiana was swept by Cleveland in last year’s opening round.


BOSTON (AP) – Al Horford had 24 points and 12 rebounds and Boston
overcame Khris Middleton’s long 3 that beat the fourth-quarter
buzzer to top Milwaukee in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference series.

The Celtics led 99-96 with 0.5 seconds left in regulation when
Middleton took an inbounds pass on the far right wing and hit a
contested 35-footer.

Terry Rozier added 23 points, four rebounds and three assists for
Boston in his first career playoff start. Jaylen Brown finished
with 20 points, and rookie Jayson Tatum added 19 points and 10

Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 35 points, 13 rebounds and
seven assists before fouling out in overtime. Middleton had 31
points, eight rebounds and six assists.

Game 2 is Tuesday night in Boston.


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Paul George scored 36 points to help Oklahoma
City beat Utah in Game 1 of the Western Conference series.

George set an Oklahoma City playoff record with eight 3-pointers,
blowing past the previous record of five. He made 8 of 11 shots
from long range, and 13 of 20 shots overall. It was his first
playoff game with the Thunder since being acquired in a trade with
Indiana in the offseason.

Russell Westbrook had 29 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists, and
Carmelo Anthony added 15 points for the Thunder Jazz rookie Donovan
Mitchell had 27 points and 10 rebounds, but he left in the second
half with left foot soreness. He returned in the fourth quarter but
was noticeably hobbling.

Game 2 is Wednesday night in Oklahoma City.

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