Cavs stun Pacers with biggest second-half comeback in NBA playoff history
Entering Thursday night, no team had ever come back from a 25-point halftime deficit to win an NBA playoff game. LeBron James took care of that.
The Cavaliers trailed by as many as 26 points to the Pacers during Thursday’s Game 3, but set a playoff record by coming all the way back to win the game, 119-114. The 26-point comeback tied the largest ever in NBA history (tied with the 2012 Clippers against the Memphis Grizzlies) and the 25-point halftime deficit was the largest ever overcome.
The main cog in the Cavs’ comeback was LeBron, who took over the game by sheer force in the third quarter, knocking down 3s, wreaking havoc on defense and throwing down.
James finished with 41 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists on the historic night. He hasn’t lost a first-round game since 2012 with the Heat.