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2017 Schedule
51-31, 1st in Central
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LeBron, Cavaliers sweep away Pacers' challenge

INDIANAPOLIS -- If the Cleveland Cavaliers can keep up the type of third-quarter dominance it showed throughout all four games of their first-round sweep of the Indiana Pacers and apply it to a rest of the playoffs, a third straight trip to the NBA Finals seems like a forgone conclusion.

Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

Cavaliers beat Pacers 106-102 to complete 4-0 sweep. The ViewFromVegas is they pushed against the closing line of -4 (though Cleveland backers who got -3.5 ended up cashing). The game stayed under the closing total of 214.

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LeBron sinks dagger 3-pointer (0:24)
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Stephenson hits Williams with the crossover (0:24)
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Kyrie defies gravity with off-balance shot (0:28)
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LeBron delivers a massive chase-down block (0:28)
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Love-to-LeBron dime helps Cavs to halftime lead (0:31)
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Stephenson's aggressive play ignites Indiana (0:32)
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Kyrie spins and elevates for the score (0:18)
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Stephenson scores in Love's face (0:21)
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Thompson's hustle leads to Cavs basket (0:26)
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LeBron is unstoppable in the paint (0:25)

ESPN Stats and Information  

A win over the Pacers on Sunday would give LeBron James the record for most best-of-7 sweeps in NBA history. He's currently tied with former San Antonio Spurs great Tim Duncan.

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LeBron James is currently tied with a few "Showtime" Lakers for most consecutive wins in the first round of the postseason in the last 33 years. A victory on Sunday would give him 21 straight, pushing him over the top.

Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

ViewFromVegas of today's Game 4s: Cavaliers -4 vs. Pacers, O/U 214: Thunder -1 vs. Rockets, O/U 224; Celtics -2 at Chicago, O/U 204; Jazz -3 vs. Clippers, O/U 198 (Rudy Gobert still doubtful for Utah, but Blake Griffin out for L.A.).

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ESPN's BPI projects the Pacers with a 52 percent chance to win Game 4 at home and avoid the series sweep. LeBron James has won 20 consecutive first-round games; tied for the longest such streak since the playoffs expanded to 16 teams in 1984.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Nate McMillan: "Since I've been here (in Indiana), LeBron (James) has been in the way of this franchise getting to the Finals." He said he appealed to Jeff Teague's pride leading up to Game 4, bringing up how James swept Teague in Atlanta and now has a chance to sweep him in Indiana too.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James has some history on the line today. With a win he will pass Tim Duncan for most playoff sweeps in a career all-time with 10. He will also pass Magic Johnson, Michael Cooper and James Worthy for most consecutive first round playoff wins with 21 (since 1984). Also, he's averaging 32.7 points, 10.7 assists and 9.7 rebounds in the playoffs against IND thus far, putting him in range to join Johnson and Jason Kidd as the only players in the last 30 years to average a triple-double in a playoff series.

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Lue: Portrayal of Love, Irving benching 'crazy'

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue wasn't happy with how the media framed his discussions with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love late in Game 3 as Lue seeking "permission" before benching them.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James on shooting 16-for-29 from the free throw line in the playoffs thus far and what will happen if opponents intentionally make him shoot free throws: "You put me on the line and teams will pay for it." Asked if he can explain his poor showing on freebies thus far, James shrugged off the question and said, "I'm not perfect." He also dismissed a reporter's insinuation that they've become a mental thing for him. "Nah, nah," he said.

Malinda Adams ESPN Producer 

LeBron James says he could feel the swing in Thursday's game from the crowd and the Pacers' body language.

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Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cavs getting up shots at Hinkle Fieldhouse of "Hoosiers" fame.

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Top 10 single-game NBA Finals performances (2:31)
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Revisiting the Cavs' epic comeback (0:53)
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LeBron no stranger to the postseason (2:24)

Team Stats

Points Per Game110.34th
Rebounds Per Game43.812th
Assists Per Game22.713th
Points Allowed107.220th

Team History

YEARWLPCT
2016-175131.622
2015-165725.695
2014-155329.646
2013-143349.402
2012-132458.293