LeBron James scored 45 points and got some needed help in Game 7 to stay unbeaten in the opening round of the playoffs Peyton Barber Jersey , leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 105-101 win over the Indiana Pacers, who pushed the gamer17;s best player to the limit.
James improved to 13-0 in the first round and kept Clevelandr17;s strange season alive r11; for the time being. It took everything James and the Cavs had to hold off the Pacers, who were swept by Cleveland a year ago and came in confident after a 34-point win in Game 6.
The Cavs will open the conference semifinals on Tuesday at top-seeded Toronto.
James played 43 minutes Joshua Garnett Jersey , leaving late in the third quarter and heading straight to the locker room to be treated for cramps. The 33-year-old was going to leave it all on the floor in what some Cleveland fans feared could have been his last game with the franchise.
Tristan Thompson made a rare start for the Cavs r11; Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue used his 34th different starting lineup this season r11; and added 15 points and 10 rebounds. Kevin Love made four 3-pointers, and George Hill returned after missing three games with back spasms to score 11 in 19 second-half minutes.
Victor Oladipo scored 30 and Darren Collison had 23 for the Pacers.
ROCKETS 110, JAZZ 96
HOUSTON (AP) r11; James Harden scored 41 points and Houston raced out to a huge lead and sailed to a 110-96 win over Utah in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.
Houston was up by 25 at halftime behind 34 points combined from Harden and Chris Paul. The Jazz Brandon Fusco Jersey , who didnr17;t wrap up their first-round series with Oklahoma City until late Friday night, looked sluggish and struggled to keep pace with the energy of the top-seeded Rockets, who hadnr17;t played since eliminating Minnesota on Wednesday.
It was Houstonr17;s fourth straight win by 10 or more points this postseason.
Harden Antonio Garcia Jersey , who also had seven assists and eight rebounds, picked up where he left off in the regular season against the Jazz when he averaged 34.3 points, led by a 56-point performance in a 137-110 win in November.