That was 21 consecutive first-round playoff wins for James and that streak was broken today. Oladipo's playoff debut with the Pacers served as a mere continuation of the first All-Star campaign of his career, which has seen him average 23.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game.
CLEVELAND (AP) - LeBron James figured he had experienced everything in 12 postseasons.
Bennett only lasted one season with Cleveland before being traded to Minnesota, and he is already out of the league after four years.
Victor Oladipo scored 32 points and the Indiana Pacers held off Cleveland's second-half rally for a stunning 98-80 victory in their opening game of the NBA Eastern Conference series, handing LeBron James and the Cavaliers' their first loss in the opening round in eight years.
"Stay calm, stay composed, play the game I have all year long", Oladipo said of the key to his overwhelming day.
James entered the game with the best winning percentage in the first-round in National Basketball Association history at.872, but saw his record and title chase take a hit on Sunday.
Here's what should bother Cavs coach Tyronn Lue the most: In the first quarter, the Indiana Pacers came out and played with the energy and intensity that's expected in the first game of a playoff series.
"We got out hard defensively, showing LeBron some bodies", Oladipo said. "I feel this is more of a way for us to be battle tested".
Now with the Pacers and Cavs meeting in the first round of the playoffs, Oladipo is being faced with those questions.
JR Smith was the only other Cleveland player reaching double-digit scoring - finishing with 15 points, as Kevin Love grabbed 17 rebounds, but was limited to nine points and the likes of Jeff Green, George Hill and Rodney Hood combined for 17 points. If the shell-shocked Cavs don't show up for the first quarter in that game, the offseason, and James' free agency, could be arriving much earlier than the Cavs expected.
The Indiana Pacers came racing out of the blocks and stunned the Cleveland Cavaliers with a 98-80 win in Game One of the play-offs.
The Boston Celtics almost fell victim to another Eastern Conference opening upset bid before edging visiting Milwaukee 113-107 in overtime. IN quickly went on a 12-2 run to restore a 17 point lead and that was that. Jaylen Brown finished with 20 points, and rookie Jayson Tatum added 19 points and 10 rebounds. "We didn't take shots", Lue said. Offensively, we didn't make shots. We're fully aware of his team, and we realize it's not going to be easy, but that doesn't mean we're just going to come in here and just fold.
Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 35 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists before fouling out in overtime. He has great touch. "He's been a guy who has created a lot of things for us on both ends of the floor". We have to work on that.
This series was expected by just about everyone to be a Cavs win. Middleton had 31 points, eight rebounds and six assists.
Oladipo could have been a Cavalier and helping Cleveland in the playoffs, or at least still in the Western Conference, but is now the team's biggest adversary in the first round of the 2018 postseason.