LeBron James finished with 41 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists, and the Cleveland Cavaliers set an NBA postseason record by erasing a 25-point halftime deficit to beat the Indiana Pacers 119-114 on Thursday night and take a 3-0 lead.
James passed Kobe Bryant for No. 3 on the NBA's career playoff scoring list and tied another NBA record by winning his 20th consecutive first-round game.
The incredible rally ruined Paul George's big night. He had 36 points, a playoff career-high 15 rebounds and nine assists.
Cleveland trailed by 26 in the first half and was still down 74-49 at halftime. The largest halftime deficit overcome in a playoff game had been 21 points by Baltimore against Philadelphia in 1948.
James scored 13 points in the third quarter to get the Cavaliers within 91-84. Cleveland regained the lead twice during a 15-5 fourth-quarter run and closed it out with a 12-5 spurt, with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love on the bench.
"I just try to put myself in position to help my teammates win — no matter who's on the floor with me," James said. "
James now has 5,669 points, 29 ahead of Bryant. He also matched three other former Lakers — Magic Johnson, Michael Cooper and James Worthy — for consecutive first-round wins.
at Memphis 105, San Antonio 94: Mike Conley scored 24 points and had eight assists as the Grizzlies ended a 10-game postseason skid against the Spurs and pulled within 2-1 in the series.
Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph each scored 21 points for Memphis, which outscored San Antonio 31-17 in the third quarter and led by 22 in the second half. Spurs coach Gregg Pop-ovich benched his starters for most of the fourth quarter.
at Milwaukee 104, Toronto 77: Khris Middleton scored 20 points and the Bucks overwhelmed the cold-shooting Raptors to take a 2-1 lead in their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series.