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25 Apr 2018

Indiana Pacers vs Cleveland Cavaliers: Lineups, preview & prediction 4/25/18

Cleveland (50-32) knotted this series for the second time with a 104-100 victory at Indiana on Sunday to take back home-court advantage and turn this first-round clash into a best-of-three. LeBron James displayed his usual brilliance, finishing with 32 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists while playing the entire second half and 46 minutes overall.

This time, though, he got help on the perimeter as both Kyle Korver and J. R. Smith each hit four 3-pointers. Cleveland also outscored Indiana 22-8 at the foul line as James and Korver combined to sink 14 of 16 free throws.

Victor Oladipo scored 17 points and was one of seven players in double figures for the Pacers (48-34), but the All-Star guard made just five of 20 shots. Bojan Bogdanovic, who scored 15 of his playoff career-high 30 points in Indiana's Game 3 victory, was held to ten on four-of-13 shooting and was just two of eight from beyond the arc.

While Indiana finished 12 of 33 from deep in Sunday's loss, their 33.9 percent shooting from 3-point range in this series is well off their season mark of 36.9 percent. Darren Collison, who shot a team-best 46.8 percent from beyond the arc, has made just four of his 15 attempts while shooting 36.6 percent overall.

The winner of this game will have a chance to end this series Friday in Game 6 at Indiana.