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Lebron James was going to hear criticism from outsiders if the Cleveland Cavaliers didn’t win Game 5 after dribbling the ball off himself with 26.3 seconds remaining in regulation. With the game tied at 95, Lebron James blocked Victor Oladipo with 3.3 seconds remaining and the Cavaliers called a timeout. Cleveland inbounded the ball with three seconds remaining and Lebron received the ball and he pulled up from three and drilled it as time expired to lift the Cavaliers to a 98-95 victory in Game 5 over the Indiana Pacers.
Lebron James scored 44 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and recorded eight assists. Kyle Korver scored 19 points for the Cavaliers and he was five-of-nine from downtown. Kevin Love recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. The Cavaliers scored 18 total bench points. George Hill didn’t play once again for Cleveland because of back spasms.
Thaddeus Young scored 16 points and grabbed six rebounds for the Indiana Pacers. Victor Oladipo recorded a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 11 points.
Domantas Sabonis scored 22 points and grabbed five rebounds off the bench. He tied the game at 95 with 33.6 seconds remaining. Lance Stephenson scored 12 points off the bench. Indiana scored a total of 44 points off the bench.
Game 6 will be on Friday Night in Indianapolis and the Indiana Pacers will look to force a Game 7.