Cavs' Kevin Love Suffers Partially Torn Ligament In Left Thumb

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LeBron James turned in a near-heroic performance as the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Indiana Pacers 100-97 in game two of their NBA Eastern Conference first-round playoff series.

LeBron had 46 of the Cavs' 100 points, 12 of their 30 rebounds, five of their 15 assists and 10 of their 15 made free throws. They ended the first quarter with a 15-point lead, 33-18, but from then on in they could not win another quarter, nearly giving up a phenomenal start as they just held on by three points.

They needed to change their fortunes quickly after being embarrassed and dominated by the Pacers in Game 1, and it was an all too familiar sign for the Cavaliers, who have struggled to find any form of consistency all season long.

"You have to give up something when you have a guy like Oladipo, who has it going and can get to where he wants to get to anytime", Ty Lue said after Game 2.

And once I started talking about it, once we were on air, actually my emotions kind of took over.

Part of the Pacers problem in the first quarter was Victor Oladipo's foul trouble.

In his postgame interview, coach Tyronn Lue said Love will be "ready to go" for Game 3 on Friday in IN with the series tied at 1-1.

Paul had 27 points and Gerald Green came off the bench to score a play-off career-high 21 as the Rockets used a big second quarter to cruise to a 102-82 win.

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However, Lue quashed any fears by stating that Love only jammed his thumb and will feature in Game 3.

After Game 2, TNT's Ernie Johnson asked the Inside the National Basketball Association crew if the series would go seven games. "He [James] kept getting what he wanted and he wanted to set the tone early, and he did that".

James was expected to be more aggressive in game two and was unstoppable in the first half. I don't come into games saying 'I'm going to do this. "Coach Lue called up the first play for me, and it went down". James made 17 of 24 shots from the floor, including 40 percent from 3-point range.

LeBron's Game Score of 40.9 in Game 2 was his highest since November 3 (which, coincidentally, was the highest Game Score of his career), when he dropped 57 points on the Wizards with 11 rebounds and 7 assists.

Minnesota's Karl-Anthony Towns had another disappointing game, scoring his five points in the first quarter.

At 33 years old, James has not shown any signs of slowing down, but his supporting cast has not been this bad since his first stint with the Cavaliers.

Korver scored 12 points on 4-for-8 shooting, with all of his attempts coming on 3-pointers.

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