CLEVELAND — Victor Oladipo delivered an impressive performance, and the Indiana Pacers held off the Cleveland Cavaliers for a shocking 98-80 victory Sunday in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference first series.
Oladipo scored 32 points on 11 of 19 shooting from the field, including 6 for 9 from 3-pointers and added six rebounds, four assists and four steals for the Pacers, who handed LeBron James and Cleveland a first loss in the opening round.
It was the 13th time Oladipo was scoring 30 or more points this season.
Myles Turner had 16 points and eight rebounds, Bojan Bogdanovic ended with 15 points, six rebounds and three steals and Lance Stephenson scored 12 points off the bench for Indiana, which shot almost 46-percent in the win.
Indiana led by as many as 23 points and held the Cavs to the lowest points at home this term.
LeBron James collected a triple-double in the defeat for the Cavaliers.
James, who played 44 of the 48 total minutes, had 24 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds to lead the way for the Cavs, but went 7 of 17 from the floor and missed all four of his 3-point attempts.
JR Smith was the only other Cleveland player reaching double-digit scoring – finishing with 15 points, as Kevin Love grabbed 17 rebounds, but was limited to nine points and the likes of Jeff Green, George Hill and Rodney Hood combined for 17 points.
Game 2 is again at Quicken Loans Arena Wednesday night.
The Cavaliers never led, but battled hard in the second-half before coming up well short.