C.J. Miles

NBA playoffs: Cavaliers escape with 109-108 win over Pacers; Spurs and Bucks win in routs

NBA playoffs: Cavaliers escape with 109-108 win over Pacers; Spurs and Bucks win in routs

Their regular-season issues followed the Cleveland Cavaliers into the playoffs. They didn't win their postseason opener as much as survive it.

LeBron James scored 32 points and the defending champions, looking to flip the switch after a shaky regular season, began the NBA playoffs by escaping with a 109-108 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday.

Indiana could have won it in the final seconds, but C.J. Miles, who Cleveland's players and coaches call a “Cavs killer,” missed a 14-foot jumper just before the horn.

“C.J. had a pretty decent look,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. “We have to make that shot.”

Playing in his 200th playoff game, James added 13...

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