Victor Oladipo leads Pacers rout of LeBron James' Cavaliers

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Well, it's gonna take more than that.

Victor Oladipo scored a game-high 32 points to power the Indiana Pacers over the hosts Cleveland Cavaliers 98-80 in the opener of their Eastern Conference first-round play-off series.

Fortunately for IN, most of those shots didn't fall on Sunday, when the Cavs went just 8-for-34 (23.5 percent) from 3-point range.

Hill went 3-for-7 for seven points in just 19 minutes - Lue said he suffered a back injury but expected the point guard to be ready for Game 2 - and Hood went 4-for-8, including 1-for-4 from behind the arc, and 0-for-2 on free throws for nine points in almost 21 minutes. LeBron James led the team with a triple-double of 24 points with 10 rebounds and 12 assists, JR Smith came alive in the third quarter to finish with 15 points while Larry Nance Jr chipped in with 10 points but no other player finished in double figures.

And the Pacers just flat worked the Cavs in their own building, taking a 33-14 lead after the first quarter. I thought (the Pacers) came in and they attacked us, hit us first and we were never able to recover. The first one's a feel-out game. But we're certainly dealing with the same LeBron James.

In addition, James believes the intensity of a playoff game compared to a regular season game is what caused the Cavaliers to lose the first game of the series.

Stephenson displayed a rare moment of clarity when asked what he anticipates seeing from LeBron James in Game 2. Even veteran Jeff Green struggled badly as he went scoreless on 0-for-7 shooting. He was shut out on 0-of-6 shooting. I wouldn't blame them for their overconfidence, considering the fact that LeBron has made the finals seven years in a row.

Oladipo wasn't with IN the last time these two teams met IN the playoffs last season. The Pacers (45-37) had a better expected record based on point difference - typically a better indicator of postseason success than actual record - than Cleveland (43-39).

Oladipo said Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert provided him with extra motivation, citing his offseason remark that IN should have received better talent from Oklahoma City IN return for Paul George.

Sure didn't look like it Sunday. He notched career highs in points (23.1), rebounds (5.2) and assists (4.3), and his 2.4 steals led the National Basketball Association - with George (2.0) coming in a distant second. Bojan Bogdanovic pitched in 15 points while Myles Turner dominated the paint with 16 points. No one came close to filling his role. This game was a ideal encapsulation of what he's been this season - dropping 10 points in the fourth quarter, including two huge 3-pointers.

The Pacers led by as many as 21 in the first quarter.

Cavaliers: James surpassed Michael Jordan (2,188) for the second-most made field goals in playoff history. They know that a series isn't won or lost in a single game. He shot 0-of-7. Kevin Love, a champion, was 3-of-8. The Cavs missed all eight 3s. The chief culprits in watching that deficit grow were the Cavaliers' miserable shooting during the quarter, connecting on just 5-of-20 (25 percent) from the field, while also committing six turnovers. You get the idea.

Game 2 is on Wednesday night at the Quicken Loans Arena with tip-off scheduled for 12am BST.

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