The Cava­liers over­come a 25-point deficit to take 3-0 lead on Pac­ers.

CAVA­LIERS 119, PAC­ERS 114

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LeBron James cel­e­brated an­other mile­stone with the great­est sec­ond-half come­back in play­off his­tory.

Win one more at the In­di­ana Pac­ers, the four-time MVP will be crowned king of the first round.

James scored 41 points while pad­ding his post­sea­son ré­sumé with yet an­other triple-dou­ble, lead­ing the de­fend­ing cham­pion Cleve­land Cava­liers back from a 25-point half­time deficit to a 119-114 vic­tory over the Pac­ers on Thurs­day night in Indianapolis.

“We knew we had to take [some] punches, but it was a flurry, more than we ex­pected,” James said. “At half­time, I was just look­ing at the guys and telling them, ‘Let’s get a cou­ple stops.’”

Of­fi­cially, it will go down as the third-largest come­back in play­off his­tory. But the largest half­time deficit over­come pre­vi­ously was 21 points, by Bal­ti­more against Philadel­phia in 1948.

As for James, he keeps mov­ing up in the record books, too.

He scored 28 in the sec­ond half and fin­ished with 13 re­bounds and 12 as­sists, mov­ing past Kobe Bryant and into third on the NBA’s play­off scor­ing list. Bryant had 5,640 points; James has 5,669.

James also won his 20th con­sec­u­tive first-round game, match­ing a feat achieved by three other former Los Angeles Lak­ers — Michael Cooper, Magic Johnson and James Wor­thy. Win Sun­day, and he’ll have the long­est first-round win­ning streak un­der the cur­rent play­off for­mat, which be­gan in 1984.

Cleve­land has won 11 straight first-round games since James re­turned to his home­town team.

Paul Ge­orge did ev­ery­thing he could to get In­di­ana back in the se­ries. He scored 36 points, grabbed a play­off-ca­reer-high 15 re­bounds and fin­ish­ing with nine as­sists. But it still wasn’t enough.

GRIZ­ZLIES 105, SPURS 94: Mike Con­ley scored 24 points and handed out eight as­sists as Mem­phis snapped a 10-game post­sea­son skid against San An­to­nio.

The host Griz­zlies pulled within 2-1 in this first-round Western Con­fer­ence se­ries, giv­ing firstyear Coach David Fiz­dale his first post­sea­son vic­tory.

This also marked the Griz­zlies’ first win over the Spurs in the playoffs since April 2011, when Mem­phis beat San An­to­nio in six games. Game 4 is Sat­ur­day night. Marc Ga­sol and Zach Ran­dolph each scored 21 points for Mem­phis.

BUCKS 104, RAP­TORS 77: Khris Mid­dle­ton scored 20 points, and host Mil­wau­kee over­whelmed cold-shoot­ing Toronto to take a 2-1 lead in their first-round Eastern Con­fer­ence play­off se­ries.

Greg Mon­roe added 16 points and seven re­bounds for the Bucks, who held DeMar DeRozan with­out a bas­ket and never looked back af­ter lead­ing by 20 points af­ter the first quar­ter.

Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo had 19 points and eight boards for Mil­wau­kee.

Game 4 is Sat­ur­day back at the Bradley Cen­ter.

The Rap­tors looked fraz­zled af­ter shoot­ing 4 for 18 in the first quar­ter.

Kyle Lowry had 13 points. DeRozan scored eight but was 0 for 8 from the field. The Rap­tors and their play­off-tested back­court looked noth­ing like the crew that held off Mil­wau­kee in Game 2 in Toronto.

Mil­wau­kee hasn’t won a play­off se­ries since go­ing to the con­fer­ence fi­nals in 2001.

Withey un­der investigation

Po­lice in Man­hat­tan Beach, Calif., are in­ves­ti­gat­ing an al­le­ga­tion of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence against Utah Jazz cen­ter Jeff Withey.

Man­hat­tan Beach po­lice spokesman Sgt. Tim Zins said that a po­lice re­port had been filed ac­cus­ing Withey of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and de­tec­tives were look­ing into it.

The Jazz said in a state­ment that the team was aware of the al­le­ga­tions against Withey but would not com­ment un­til it had a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the sit­u­a­tion.

“It’s a sit­u­a­tion that we’re aware of and they’re re­search­ing fur­ther to find out what all the facts are,” Jazz Coach Quin Sny­der said af­ter prac­tice Thurs­day

Withey’s role has grown since the playoffs be­gan af­ter Rudy Gobert was lost to a knee in­jury in Game 1 of Utah’s first-round se­ries against the Los Angeles Clip­pers. Power for­ward Derrick Fa­vors has moved to cen­ter with Gobert out, and Withey will be the lone ac­tive true cen­ter on the ros­ter when the Jazz hosts the Clip­pers for Game 3 on Fri­day.

WAR­RIORS: Kevin Du­rant said he felt ready to play in Golden State’s Game 2 play­off win a day ear­lier, though the War­riors opted to be cau­tious with their su­per­star as he nurses a strained left calf muscle.

Du­rant posted an up­date about his in­jury dur­ing a live stream on his YouTube chan­nel Thurs­day evening. He is hope­ful of play­ing in Sat­ur­day’s Game 3 at Port­land as the War­riors try to take a 3- 0 lead in the se­ries, though Coach Steve Kerr said be­ing up two games could af­fect any de­ci­sion.

BRIAN SPUR­LOCK/USA TODAY SPORTS

LeBron James had 28 points, seven as­sists and six re­bounds in the sec­ond half against the Pac­ers.

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