Cavs rally from 26 down, beat Pac­ers

The Philippine Star - - SPORTS -

James tal­lied 41 points, 13 re­bounds and 12 as­sists for the Cava­liers, who seized a 3-0 lead in the best of seven Eastern Con­fer­ence first-round se­ries.

The Cava­liers were down by 25 points at half­time and as much as 26 at one point in the con­test. They are the first play­off team in history to erase a 25-point half­time deficit and win.

In Mem­phis, guard Mike Con­ley scored 24 points and added eight as­sists as the Mem­phis Griz­zlies de­feated the

LeBron James led a sec­ond half as­sault as the Cleve­land Cava­liers set a play­off record by storm­ing back from a 25-point half­time deficit to de­feat the In­di­ana Pac­ers, 119-114, on Thurs­day. San An­to­nio Spurs, 105-94, to get back into their se­ries.

The Spurs lead 2-1. Their loss snapped a streak of 10 con­sec­u­tive play­off wins over the Griz­zlies.

Con­ley got most of his help from for­ward Zach Randolph (21 points, eight re­bounds) and cen­ter Marc Ga­sol (21 points, six re­bounds and three as­sists).

Else­where, Khris Mid­dle­ton scored 20 points, Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo added 19, and Mil­wau­kee’s de­fense did the rest as the Bucks eased past the Toronto Raptors, 104-77.

The Bucks grabbed a 2-1 lead in the first-round Eastern Con­fer­ence se­ries.

DeRozan missed all eight of his shots from the floor and fin­ished with eight points, while the Raptors shot just 33 per­cent from the floor and went six-for-22 from three-point range.

Kyle Lowry and Delon Wright led Toronto with 13 points apiece.

Cleve­land’s LeBron James soars for a dunk dur­ing Game Three of their Eastern Con­fer­ence duel with the In­di­ana Pac­ers. AFP

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