Cleveland ‘lucky’ to beat Pacers, James says after 100-97 win

first_img(REUTERS) – The Cleveland Cavaliers were “lucky” to get the 100-97 win to level their NBA playoff series against the Indiana Pacers, LeBron James said on Wednesday.Having faced the prospect of two opening losses in the best-of-seven series at home, Cleveland limped across the line, with James scoring a game-high 46 points.James was disappointed with his team’s defence in the waning moments, especially when Indiana guard Victor Oladipo got free for a golden three-point chance that would have tied the score with 27 seconds left.“We got lucky,” four-time NBA Most Valuable Player James said in a courtside interview.“We gave up a wide-open three to Oladipo and he missed it.“I’d rather be on time and on target than lucky. We got to do a better job late in games and not give up a shot like that; that’s something he can easily make.”The result at least gives the Cavaliers hope as they head to Indianapolis for Game Three today and Game Four on Sunday.But they have a long road ahead as they attempt to reach the NBA Finals for the fourth consecutive year, and perhaps another match-up against the Golden State Warriors.Golden State won the championship in 2015 and 2017, with Cleveland taking out the 2016 title.The Cavs have been far from invincible this season, posting a 50-32 regular-season record to earn the fourth seed for the postseason.last_img


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