The kings of the Eastern Conference fell hard Sunday in Cleveland.
LeBron James and the Cavaliers lost 98-80 in Game 1 to the Pacers after Indiana outscored them 33-14 in the first quarter. Victor Oladipo led the Pacers with 32 points, six rebounds and four assists. After draining just 6 of 25 from 3-point range last postseason with the Thunder, Oladipo made 6 of 9 from deep Sunday.
James recorded a triple-double for the Cavs, scoring 24 points with 12 assists and 10 rebounds, but no one else in the starting lineup scored over nine points (Kevin Love and Rodney Hood). Instead, Cleveland's secondary source of points came from J.R. Smith's 15 off the bench.
The Cavaliers cut Indiana's lead to just eight points entering the fourth quarter, but the Pacers started the game with more fire, and ended it that way too, outscoring the Cavs 25-15 in the fourth quarter.
Myles Turner helped spark Indiana's elite defensive effort by scoring 16 points with eight rebounds and a block. The Pacers forced 16 Cavs turnovers, and held Cleveland to just 38.5 shooting from the field.
The Pacers win snapped James' streak of 21 straight first-round playoff victories.
The NBA playoffs rarely get upsets in the first round, but the Pacers downing the three-time defending East champions would certainly raise some eyebrows.
Stud of the Night:
Boston's balanced offense: The Celtics featured five players with at least 19 points in their 113-107 overtime Game 1 win over the Bucks. Al Horford led the way with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Terry Rozier added 23 points, Marcus Morris had 21 from off the bench, Jaylen Brown scored 20 points, and Jayson Tatum added 19 points and 10 rebounds.
With Kyrie Irving and Marcus Smart out of the lineup, Boston needs to maintain a balanced scoring attack to contend.
Dud of the Night:
Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe was given a golden opportunity this season, moving from the Suns to Milwaukee, but the mercurial guard didn't take advantage of his playoff opportunity, scoring just nine points on 4-of-12 shooting. He also turned the ball over five times and had just four assists.
Kevin Love with the four-point play:
This article will be updated at the completion of Sunday night's games.
Game 2: Spurs (0-1) at Warriors (1-0) 10:30 p.m. ET - Golden State, missing Stephen Curry, looked far better off than the Spurs, who are still without Kawhi Leonard. The Warriors' depth and star power should help them overcome Curry's absence in this series, but the defending champions will need their star point guard by the time Houston comes calling. San Antonio needs LaMarcus Aldridge to play out of his mind in order to draw this series out at all.