The Indiana Pacers were eliminated in a game-4 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, 106-102, Sunday, April 23, 2017, at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind.
The contest was close for the entire first half. The Pacers led 24-22 after one period. The Cavaliers rallied and finished the first half ahead; 58-52. Neither team held a double-digit lead in the half.
In the third quarter, the Cavaliers calmly pulled out to an 11 point lead, with 4:46 remaining. They finished leading the Pacers, 88-77. The final period and elimination loomed for Indiana.
Indiana came out in the fourth period determined and made a gallant 19-4 run to take the lead, 102-100, with 1:31 left. However, that was more than enough time for the Cavaliers to retake the lead and seal the victory.
It was the first time in franchise history the Pacers were swept in a seven-game series. Cleveland is now 12-0 in first round series.
Superstar forward, LeBron James was, once again, the star of the game. He led all scorers with 33 points. Guard, Kyrie Irving added 28 points for the Cavaliers. Forward, Kevin Love contributed with a game-high 16 rebounds.
Lance Stephenson was the leading scorer for the Pacers with 22 points. Thaddeus Young pulled down 10 boards for Indiana whose season is now over.
The Cavaliers now await the winner of the Toronto Raptors, Milwaukee Bucks series. That series is even at two games apiece. Cleveland could have a week of rest before the winner is determined.
Written by D.T. Osborn
Edited by Cathy Milne
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