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LeBron James Disputes Technical Foul After Dust-Up With Old Nemesis Lance Stephenson

LeBron James Disputes Technical Foul After Dust-Up With Old Nemesis Lance Stephenson

Having squandered a 17-point lead in game three to lose 92-90 in IN, the Cavaliers avoided the same fate, having seen a 10-point half-time advantage trimmed to two heading into the fourth quarter, in game four at Bankers Life Fieldhouse to claim a 104-100 road win. Bojan Bogdanovic, the Game 3 hero, missed all three of his triples in the fourth quarter and shot 4 of 13 on the night.

Cleveland led at the half, 60-50, only to find themselves only up by two after three periods, 80-78. With 6:12 remaining in the fourth quarter and the Cavs calling timeout with the score 91-89 in favor of Indiana, Stephenson stayed in James' space as he made his way back to the Cleveland bench and James responded by shoving Stephenson with his forearm, resulting in a technical foul.

Inconsistent offense and poor starts have plagued the Pacers in all 4 playoff games with Cleveland this year and it showed up Sunday night at arguably the most pivotal point in this series.

LeBron James has been in this playoff position before, just not in the first round. "I'm not about that", James said. The Pacers put all five starters in double digits in Game 4, and seven players total. He scored just five points on 2-for-10 shooting as he picked up two fouls in the first 90 seconds of the game and only continued to struggle from there.

Cleveland led early, the Pacers rallied to tie it, but a mid-first-quarter 8-0 for the Cavs set the tone for the remainder of the first half. The bucket came one play after Smith committed a costly foul against Pacers All-Star Victor Oladipo, which led to a pair of free throws.




Sunday night's encounter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse will definitely be the biggest game of the series and the Pacers know they won't have many better opportunities to finally dethrone the King. "So you just hope going into the next time, coming out of the break that you play better".

The Pacers went through their veterans - Darren Collison and Thad Young - to whittle Cleveland's deficit back down.

Indy held a 2-1 lead in their second-round meeting with the Heat in 2012 but ended up losing three straight games and they are keen to avoid a repeat and allow the Cavaliers to steal back home-court advantage. If Hill can't go Sunday, Lue said he will likely start Calderon. Over a span of almost two minutes, LeBron hit two driving layups and Korver made two 3-pointers to turn a two-point deficit into a six-point lead with 1:52 to play. MyBookie has turned in to a fan favorite for sportsbook players betting on the 2018 National Basketball Association playoffs.

Despite having seven players score in double figures, making more baskets, grabbing more offensive rebounds and matching Cleveland's 12 3s, in missed six of its last eight shots.

In the second quarter, James was able to get to the line for six free-throw attempts and made all of them, giving him 23 points in the first half. "He got some good looks and he knocked them down".

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