Cavs overcome 26-point deficit, roll to victory

LeBron James and the Cavaliers pulled off a championship-level comeback.

The Cavaliers looked defeated, only to ride LeBron James to a 119-114 win and 3-0 series lead over the Indiana Pacers.

This was an epic rally, the type of victory that makes you think the Cavs may be capable of doing great things again. Of course, falling behind by 26 points makes you think that they’re also capable of some not-so-great things.

Either way, below is the Associated Press recap. You can also check out my postgame Dribbles and a link to the box score here.

James, Cavs come from 26 down, beat Pacers to take 3-0 lead

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — LeBron James celebrated another milestone with the greatest second-half comeback in playoff history.

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

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

“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.” … FULL RECAP

Pregame

TIPOFF — 7 p.m. at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis.

BROADCAST — FOX Sports Ohio, TNT; WTAM 1100, 100.7 WMMS, 87.7 La Mega.

RECORDS — Cavs finished the regular season 51-31 and hold a 2-0 lead in the series; Indiana finished 42-40.

COACHES – Pacers’ Nate McMillan has a 520-492 regular-season record. Cavs’ Tyronn Lue has a 78-45 mark.

NOTEBOOK — This is where the Cavs can make a real statement and get back to normal. … A lot of folks seem to think the Cavs are ion the verge of a sweep (including Nelly). … I’m not so sure I agree. … It’s hard to think that when the Cavs have been Team Bipolar lately, unable to hold fourth-quarter leads and just basically appearing out of sorts for at least 10 minutes every game. … Their last really good game came nearly a month ago at Boston. LeBron James and the Cavs played like champions and made a statement. … It wouldn’t hurt to do that again and erase any false hopes being dreamed up by Paul George and his Pacers. … As I’ve written plenty, the Cavs need to get the ball to Kevin Love a lot in this series. … The Pacers can’t stop it. So I don’t understand why the Cavs got away from it last game. (My quick thoughts on the matter.) … It sounds like J.R. Smith is a go. Smith sat out the second half of Game 2 with a hamstring injury. … Man, the Cavs need J.R. to get going. If not this round, then next. … It won’t hurt if someone such as Iman Shumpert, Deron Williams or Channing Frye gets hot off the bench, too. … With Smith back, though, Shump could go back to sitting, as he did for all of Game 1 and half of Game 2. … Basically, in order to sweep, or at least win one of the next two in Indiana, someone outside of the Big Three needs to come alive. … The Cavs will don their navy jerseys for their first road playoff game of 2017.