The Cleveland Cavaliers are moving onto the Eastern Conference Semifinals for the third consecutive season after closing out a four-game sweep of the Indiana Pacers with a 106-102 Game 4 victory at Bankers Life Fieldhouse Sunday afternoon. He spent time with his family in Tacoma between games in Boston and Chicago.
LeBron finished Game 4 with a game-high 33 points to go along with 10 rebounds, four assists and four steals.
Jimmy Butler had 33 points and nine assists for the Bulls. "But again, we just came up short and didn't do enough". It's the first time the Pacers have lost a series 4-0 in their National Basketball Association history.
The Celtics led by 20 in the second quarter and were still up 10 in the third when Chicago scored 12 straight.
Although widely anticipated, the landslide victory of the Cleveland Cavaliers over the Indiana Pacers still left a bitter taste in the mouth of Paul George who earlier had impressive performances against LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love.
LeBron James hit a 3-pointer with 1:08 left to put the Cavaliers up 103-102, and they added a few free throws after intentional fouls to produce the final margin.
None of that was in play for in today, as every turnover or screen or obstacle put in front of a Pacer was often met with a half-hearted attempt to fight through.
IN had a potential game-winning shot bounce off the rim in Game 1, they held a commanding 26-point margin in Game 3 and they had the lead in Game 4 with 1:31 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Game 5 is tonight in Houston.
The Cavs waited for the Dallas Mavericks to buy him out of his contract and pounced in adding him as maybe the flawless veteran backup to Kyrie Irving who could finally take some pressure off of James with the second unit.
A correct call would've ended Cleveland's possession and given IN the ball with a two-point lead. "Ultimately, he (James) is who I'm always going to have to see and face".
In the Western Conference, Houston Rockets got a huge boost from its bench to defeat Oklahoma City Thunder 113-109 and seize a commanding 3-1 lead.
The bottom line, though, is that it is easy for those guys to make shots when James is getting them wide open shots. Then they methodically continued chipping away until Young tied the score at 100 and then gave them the lead.
But the answer begins and ends with King James.
Gerald Green made four 3-pointers on his way to 18 points, helping the top-seeded Celtics return the favour in Chicago after dropping the first two games at home. He's 48-7 in first-round games, and is averaging 29 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 6.9 assists. The Clippers never led again after controlling the game for most of the night.
Joe Johnson also scored 26 points to help Utah even the series at 2-2.
Great teams are victorious in most of their tight contests, while lesser teams typically find a way to lose games they seemingly had a very good chance to win - and these outcomes are no accident. The Celtics have now won two games in a row after falling behind in the series with back-to-back home losses.