The Indiana Pacers defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 92-90 in Game 3 of their first-round Eastern Conference series on Friday, taking a 2-1 series lead.
Cleveland had a 17-point halftime lead and took a 71-63 lead into the fourth quarter, and this season a Cavs’ lead headed into the fourth quarter had meant victory. Cleveland was 40-0 with a lead after three quarters this season until Friday’s loss. Bojan Bogdanovic picked a perfect time to score a career-high 30 points, including seven three-pointers.
BOX SCORE: PACERS 92, CAVS 90
Game 4 is Sunday in Indianapolis with Indiana in position to take a 3-1 lead.
Here are five reasons the Cavs are in trouble and the Pacers can win this series.
Pacers match up well with the Cavaliers
Their Game 1 victory wasn’t a fluke and neither was their Game 3 victory. Coach Nate McMillan’s team plays solid offense and defense, they’re not afraid of the three-time defending Eastern Conference champions and they don’t panic no matter how far behind they are against Cleveland. They were down 57-40 at halftime and made it a close game for the final quarter. Don’t forget, Indiana beat Cleveland three of four times in the regular season.