CLEVELAND — LeBron James scored 32 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers survived on for a 109-108 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday in Game 1 of the NBA playoffs first round on Saturday.
Cleveland (1-0) lead by 10 points in the fourth quarter, but Indiana used an 11-0 run to grab a 105-103 lead with 3:31 left in the game.
However, the Cavs responded to go up 109-105 and then held on for the narrow victory after Paul George made a three-point jumper to cut the deficit to one-point.
James, who was winning his 18th consecutive first-round game, also had 13 assists and six rebounds for the No. 2 seeded Cavaliers.
The four-time MVP was playing in his 200th playoff game
Kyrie Irving added 23 points and six assists, while Kevin Love had 17 points and four rebounds for Cleveland, which has won 12 straight playoff games at home.
Channing Frye was also in double-digit scoring with 11 points, while Tristan Thompson collected 13 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who snapped a four-game losing streak.
Paul George made six 3-pointers on his way to scoring 29 points, with seven assists and five rebounds for the seventh-seeded Pacers.
Lance Stephenson had 16 and seven rebounds off the bench, Jeff Teague scored 15 points and Myles Turner and Monta Ellis each had 11 points for Indiana, which missed the final attempt in the last second.
The Pacers will now try to even the series on Monday night, while the Cavs will seek to take a 2-0 lead at home.