How to Watch Cavaliers vs. Pacers Game 3

The situation was dire, requiring playoff dominance.

LeBron James turned in a near-heroic performance as the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Indiana Pacers 100-97 in game two of their NBA Eastern Conference first-round playoff series.

James bagged 46 points in the second game after netting 24 in the first one.

Amid a game where external conditions bordered on cataclysmic for the Pacers-all I could think about while watching the team battle back was "there's grist in the mill".

"I just felt like I was in a really good rhythm, so just tried to see how long I could stay in that zone and just try to make a mark on the game early on, especially after the way we started in Game 1", James said. Oladipo and company have been playing with a chip on their shoulder all season, and will be amped up for a home playoff game.

Rockets point guard Chris Paul led Houston to a dominant 102-82 game-two win over the Minnesota Timberwolves by scoring a game-high 27 points with eight assists.

"I'd rather be on time and on target than lucky".

And taking a 3-1 lead at home? Assuming he doesn't replicate that in Game 3, someone else must step up, and his name is Kevin Love.

"It'll be big for our confidence getting two wins at home", center Myles Turner said.

IN clawed back from an 18-point deficit and was within 95-92 when Oladipo, who scored 32 in the opener, somehow came free but missed maybe his easiest shot in two games. "And Victor got into foul trouble", Collison said. I shot it and I just missed.

James was asked at Cavs shootaround how important to him is his consecutive Finals streak (seven straight).

James was his unstoppable self again, and there wasn't a whole lot the Pacers could do about him in the first half.

"We have to do a better job of containing him, which is easier said than done. The first quarter they basically came out and hit us in the mouth". Green didn't score in the opener and Hood only started because Korver was dealing with a sore right foot.

Better players typically get more calls, and the benefit of the doubt.

Knowing that, it's imperative for Oladipo to remain out of foul trouble and on the floor. Korver was 4-of-8 from 3-point range and pulled down three rebounds in 31 minutes. James outscored the Pacers 20-18 in the first 12 minutes.

"In order for them to win this game, he had to be aggressive", Young said.

Korver was limited to just four minutes in the opener because he was sick and had lingering soreness in his foot.

Coming into this series, the Indiana Pacers tried to tell the fans and the media that they could knock off the Cavs.

"We were sloppy with the basketball", McMillan said.

And, of course, there are Cleveland's turnovers - 17 in Game 1 and 15 in Game 2. The Pacers took a big shot from James, but didn't buckle. "We punched them, they punched us". "We're very comfortable and confident".

Pacers: Shot 6 of 22 on 3-pointers.

Through two games, Jordan Clarkson has a grand total of eight points on 3-for-10 shooting.

Cavaliers: Improved to 40-0 when leading after three quarters.

James was asked about his affinity for playing on the road in the playoffs.

Pacers-Cavaliers tips-off at 7pm EST.

IN is 27-4 when they hold opponents below 100 points, while Cleveland is 17-4.