National Basketball Association wrap: LeBron James helps Cavs even series

Rodney Hood

LeBron James scored 46 points and added 12 rebounds as the Cleveland Cavaliers bounced back from a poor performance in the opener by holding off the Indiana Pacers 100-97 on Wednesday night to even their Eastern Conference series at one game apiece.

James helped Cavaliers even the series at 1-1 by scoring 46 points on 17-of-24 shooting with 12 rebounds and five assists.

"Obviously I'm a huge Pop fan", James said in an interview with TNT's Allie LaForce.

Pacers reserve big man Domantas Sabonis was assessed a flagrant-1 foul for shoving James in the fourth quarter of Game 2.

The Raptors themselves have had their own challenges in the past and have never been able to take their game to the next level, but this year of changes for them seems to at this time give them an advantage, at least in the eyes of the oddsmakers. But I'll take the win more than anything.

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The Pacers were led by guard Victor Oladipo's 22 points and six assists.

Love will have one day of rest before the series moves to Indianapolis where the Cavs will look to win a pivotal Game 3 on Friday night.

However, Lue quashed any fears by stating that Love only jammed his thumb and will feature in Game 3. "Especially after the way we started in Game 1".

"We just wanted him to set the tone and he did that by getting to the basket early".

"He let me know I went 0 of 7 from 3 and I'm letting guys off the hook", Mitchell said.

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"To start the game, obviously with the space with J.R. and Kyle's ability to shoot the ball, and obviously, Kev, it creates a lot more space", James said.

"We ran the same first play until they stopped it", Lue said, as per Cleveland.com.

Lue tinkered with the starting lineup by inserting Korver and JR Smith over Rodney Hood and Jeff Green. With Cleveland blitzing and crowding virtually every screen involving Oladipo, they allowed a whopping 62 points in the paint on Wednesday. Yet James' early points ultimately proved decisive. However, the extended bench doesn't reach Thompson, with his only appearance coming in two garbage minutes in the 98-80 Game 1 loss.

The Pacers kept charging in the second half and trailed 74-67 through three quarters, and 95-92 with under a minute to go in the fourth quarter when Collison made a 3-pointer.

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