Close call: Irving scores 37, Cavs hold on to beat Pacers

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Kyrie Irving scored 37 points, Kevin Love added 27, James had 25 and the Cavaliers avoided another fourth-quarter collapse in Game 2, beating in 117-111 in Cleveland on Monday night to take a 2-0 lead in the series. The Cavaliers won 117-111.

After another excruciating loss in which the Indiana Pacers almost came all the way back from a late double-digit deficit before succumbing to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Paul George had blunt criticism for more of his teammates.

Blown big leads. Defensive breakdowns. Bad shots. It means nothing to LeBron James. He did have eight of Cleveland's 19 turnovers.

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The other hitch for Cleveland was that starting guard J.R. Smith didn't play in the second half because of a left hamstring injury.

Memphis scored just 37 first-half points and despite getting off to a hot start in the third quarter, scoring 28 points compared to San Antonio's 19, they couldn't make a close game out of it in the end.

"Shump was unbelievable", coach Tyronn Lue said. "We needed that spark". In the Pacers' Game 1 loss to the Cavs, it was CJ Miles whom George called out for missing a potential game-winning jumper. In this one, Lance Stephenson was matched up against the much taller Kevin Love in the third, and Love responded by going on a personal 10-0 run as the Cavaliers continued to exploit the mismatch as long as the Pacers stayed with it. Irving added 14 points of his own in the period, and Cleveland's lead ballooned to as many as 19 points. His body language has to improve, just for the team. He scored four in nine minutes. He will have a few days to rest up before Thursday's game. IN is 0-9 when dropping the first two games in a series.

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