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LeBron James Leads 26-Point Comeback to Give Cavaliers Game 3 Win over Pacers


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The Cleveland Cavaliers overcame a 26-point deficit to beat the Indiana Pacers 119-114 Thursday night in Bankers Life Fieldhouse to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the first round of the 2017 NBA playoffs.

According to ESPN Stats and Info, Cleveland’s win probability dropped to below 2 percent at halftime:

Cleveland prevailed despite Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love combining to score 26 points on 8-of-29 shooting. The Cavs turned into a one-man show in the fourth quarter, as The Athletic Cleveland’s Jason Lloyd pointed out Irving and Love remained on the bench:

The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears tweeted about Cleveland’s late-game offensive game plan:

Head coach Tyronn Lue’s gambit paid off since taking Irving and Love out of the game left the Cavaliers with a slightly better defensive unit on the floor. And no player can single-handedly take over a game in the way LeBron James can. James finished with 41 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists.

ESPN Stats & Info noted how much of Cleveland’s offense went through its best player:

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