LeBron James, Cavaliers Escape Victor Oladipo, Pacers in Game 7, to Face Raptors

LeBron James, Cavaliers Escape Victor Oladipo, Pacers in Game 7, to Face Raptors

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The Cleveland Cavaliers advanced to the second round of the 2018 NBA playoffs with a 105-101 win over the Indiana Pacers at home Sunday at Quicken Loans Arena.

LeBron James led the Cavs with 45 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.

On the other side, Victor Oladipo finished with a double-double (30 points, 12 rebounds, six assists).

Oladipo got the Pacers to within 100-96 with 50.1 seconds remaining. But James responded with a layup off a feed from Kyle Korver to make it a six-point game and then did enough to force Oladipo to miss on a three-pointer at the other end.

That effectively ended Indiana’s comeback attempt.

After taking a back seat for pretty much the entire series, Tristan Thompson stepped up in a big way Sunday.

Thompson logged 24 minutes through the first six games, and he didn’t even hit the floor in Games 2, 3 and 5.

Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue inserted Thompson into the starting lineup for Game 7, and Thompson repaid the favor by scoring 15 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Cleveland.com’s Chris Fedor also thought the veteran power forward partnered well with James:

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