Takeaways from Pacers' Game One Victory Over Cavaliers

Mike Wells previews the Pacers Cavaliers series

Mike Wells previews the Pacers Cavaliers series

Instead, Indiana ran away with the game right from the tip, snapping James' Round 1, Game 1 win streak at 21 and sending a message that this year is different - for both teams. Will this be the time where the Pacers finally slay the King? The Cavs rely on being so good offensively that they can transcend their poor defense and cover up their deficiencies in the possession battle, which did not come close to happening. So bad that with still 2:26 left to play, numerous Cavs worshipers at the Quicken Loans Arena began a pilgrimage toward the exit doors. In their 48 regular season wins, they beat the Raptors once, the Warriors and the Spurs twice. They ultimately got the job done as they took a 98-80 win. Overall, the Pacers will be satisfied with their performance as they simply outhustled the Cavaliers on both ends of the floor and there was just no running them down.

"You could say it added fuel to the fire, I guess you could say", Oladipo said per ESPN. He did everything he possibly could to get under LeBron's skin, including, most famously, blowing in LeBron's ear during the 2014 Eastern Conference Finals. His game did most of the talking.

Oladipo remembered that comment and used it as motivation as the Pacers battled the Cavs in the first round of the playoffs on Sunday. Oladipo played like a man possessed as he put up 32 points.

Oladipo said Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert provided him with extra motivation, citing his offseason remark that IN should have received better talent from Oklahoma City IN return for Paul George.

Lue also hinted at potentially altering the Cavs' lineup heading into Game 2 Wednesday night.

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"A lot of guys are coming out here playing with something to prove", said Myles Turner, "but we play within ourselves, within our system, have we've just been trusting what's going on".

LeBron James led the Cavs with 24 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds but Cleveland struggled mightily to find any consistency. He didn't take a shot until only 1:53 was left in the opening quarter and his team down by 17.

Cleveland went just 8 of 34 on 3-pointers and missed eight of 20 free throws.

The 14-time All Star, seeking his fourth championship title, had also never before lost Game 1 of a first-round series. George Hill was 3-for-7 with two turnovers and Jeff Green was scoreless, 0-for-7. But Stephenson had a solid 12 points and five rebounds off the bench.

Oh, what a difference a year makes. They were dominated and seemed intimidated by the LeBron mystique.

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Rewind to last June, when the Pacers traded George to the Thunder for Oladipo, and second-year big man Domantas Sabonis and almost everyone in the National Basketball Association world questioned whether the Pacers had gotten enough for their superstar forward.

LeBron is not exactly shaking in his Nikes. I was down 3-1 in the Finals.

There are seven reasons why the King remains cocky.

"I think they're going to try to use what we did to them against us", Stephenson said.

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