LeBron James hit a big 3-pointer late in Sunday's game to help the Cavaliers defeat the Pacers and sweep the first-round series. - From ESPN (blog)
The Cavs outscored the Pacers by five in the third quarter of Sunday’s 106-102 victory to advance to the second round, closing out an Indiana team that challenged Cleveland from the very first tip-off.
The Cavs team on the floor in the third quarter of Game 4 -- a feisty defensive bunch that played with a gusto equal parts edge and enjoyment -- resembled the team that stormed through the start of the 2016 playoffs 10-0.
It was also his 21st straight victory in a first-round game, the most in a row by any player since the playoffs expanded to 16 teams in 1984 (besting the record of 20 set by Magic Johnson, Michael Cooper and James Worthy with the Los Angeles Lakers).
The rest of the league is dealing with injuries (Blake Griffin, Rudy Gobert, Rajon Rondo and, to a lesser extent, Kevin Durant) and adversity (San Antonio is tied 2-2 with Memphis, Toronto is tied 2-2 with Milwaukee, Golden State is missing coach Steve Kerr).
Cleveland's bench grew into a reliable option, with Deron Williams flashing signs of his All-Star past, Channing Frye taking advantage of the open looks he got from the outside, Kyle Korver creating opportunities for everyone else with his floor spacing, and Iman Shumpert earning a place back in the rotation via hungry, attacking defense.