The Cleveland Cavaliers survived to secure a game-2 win, over the Indiana Pacers, 117-111, and take a 2-0 lead in their best of seven series, Monday, April 17, 2017.
The Cavaliers led the entire time, in front of their home crowd, at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.
The game remained close in the first half as the Pacers closed to within 5 points by the end of the second quarter. The halftime score was 63-58, in favor of the Cavaliers.
The home team began the second half with a 7-0 run to increase the lead to 12 points. The contest was back and forth for the next few minutes until their star forward, Kevin Love, led the Cavaliers on a 10-0 run, in which he scored all 10 points. The Pacers were behind 89-70 with 2 minutes left in the third.
The Cavaliers began the final stanza, leading 96-78. The win looked all but assured at that point. Then the Pacers began to claw their way back into the game.
The Pacers closed the gap to, as little as, 4 points, 113-109, with 18 seconds left in the game. Nervous Cleveland fans watched their team hold on to the win by only 6 points.
The Pacers were led by, forward, Paul George with 32 points and 8 rebounds. Guard, Jeff Teague, chipped in 23 points for the visiting team.
The Cavaliers star guard Kyrie Irving led the scoring overall with 37 points, while Lebron James scored 25, and Kevin Love pitched in 27, and a game-high 11 rebounds.
The two teams will meet for game three of the series in Indiana on Thursday, April 20.
Written by D.T. Osborn
Edited by Cathy Milne
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