LeBron James notches 20th playoff 40-point game in win


Cavs coach Tyronn Lue, who did his part to incite change from Game 1 by swapping JR Smith and Kyle Korver into the starting lineup in place of Rodney Hood and Jeff Green, implored James to adjust his approach to Game 2. So the postseason finally hit us and it hit us very well.

It was the 1,362nd game of James' career - regular season and playoffs combined - and the most points he has ever scored in the first five minutes of a game, according to research by ESPN Stats & Information.

For Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Playoffs against the Indiana Pacers, LeBron James chose to rock a one-of-one LeBron 15 inspired by Vince Carter's Shox BB4.

Victor Oladipo topped the Pacers with 22 points on 9-of-18 shooting. He converted 12 of his 16 looks from the field, two of his four three-point tries and three shots at the free-throw line.

The Cavs got off to an incredibly slow start in Game One and could not recover.

LeBron opened the game on an insane hot streak. Cleveland, however, came out of the gates red hot on Wednesday. But even with the third-year forward's contributions, the Blue & Gold still trailed 33-18 at the end of the first quarter.

Cleveland held a 74-67 after three quarters.

IN closed the gap in the third quarter, as it outscored Cleveland 21-15.

Love was looking to get a steal in the fourth quarter when his left thumb got jammed by the ball.

The game aired on TNT, with Marv Albert, Chris Webber, and sideline reporter Allie LaForce on the call.

Tip-off is at 7:00 p.m.