The Indiana Pacers thoroughly outplayed the Cleveland Cavaliers to grab Game 1 on the road against the defending Eastern Conference Champions. The Pacers brought the energy level they’ve had every night of the regular season and the Cavs were unprepared to match up, starting slow and closing poorly.
Victor Oladipo led the way for Indiana with 32 points, scoring 10 in the fourth quarter as the Pacers needed a calming effect after Cleveland had cut a 23-point lead to seven. Oladipo shot 11-19 from the floor and had four steals, again extending the level of play the Pacers have shown all year.
Myles Turner had 16 points on 6-9 shooting with eight rebounds to bounce back from the struggles he’s had to end the year. Bojan Bogdanovic worked hard on both ends as part of his 15 point night despite shooting just 5-17. Lance Stephenson scored 12 points off the bench, showing up on the road to lift Indiana to the win.
The Pacers snap LeBron James’s 21-game first round winning streak, and will have an opportunity to put themselves in control of the series in Game 2 on Wednesday.