Needed to start the second half after J.R. Smith's left hamstring tightened up, Shumpert provided scoring, defensive pressure on Paul George and some attitude as Cleveland survived another late rally by IN for a 117-111 win to take a 2-0 lead IN their Eastern Conference series.
"It's on me", he said. The Cavs were just 14 of 27, the kind of performance that often comes back to bite a team - and almost did. "I have to slow down and keep my composure".
The Pacers take on the Cleveland Cavaliers for Game 3 on Thursday, April 20, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. They had the ball twice with that five-point deficit, but came up empty both times. "When they go up and they're shooting at 75 percent in those first couple of minutes, you have to put your hat on on the defensive end".
"We're right there of what we know we can become, and we'll figure it out", added James, who contributed 25 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.
INJURY UPDATE: The Pacers are still listing backup big man Al Jefferson (sprained left ankle) and Glenn Robinson III (sore left calf) as questionable. Irving then scored an uncontested layup off an inbound play simply by running off James' screen.
If Pacers superstar Paul George was upset with CJ Miles for taking the potential game victor from him Saturday, you have to wonder how he felt about Lance Stephenson falling into the foil role Cleveland needed to wake up and play inspired ball, leading to a 19-point Cavaliers lead.
There you have it. The Pacers don't have the luxury of falling short in those departments.
With 12 points in Game 3, James would pass Kobe Bryant for third place in National Basketball Association postseason scoring. But individual players are going to have to make individual plays, too.
The third ended with Kyrie Irving tossing in a 3-pointer over Stephenson and jawing at him to punctuate the play he made before heading back to the Cavs' bench for the quarter break.
He also added in five points, going 1-of-2 from three-point range. "They definitely prepared us for what was to come in the later rounds".
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Turner acknowledged he must get more physical in this series, and Stephenson said he needs to find the balance between passion and playing out of control.
He's had plenty in his career, but to do it against a tough defender like Stephenson is impressive.
"It was my fault", he said.
That's the problem with the Cavs.
He really started throwing a fit in the third quarter when the Cavs kept attacking him with Kevin Love.
But, they have justification for hope.
Cavs guard J.R. Smith did not return for the second half because of a left hamstring injury.
"But he did a great job". And he's upset about what put the Pacers in this hole _ the play of his teammates.
For Indiana, George led the way with 32 points while Jeff Teague weighed in with 23 points and Thaddeus Young 16.
They'll need more from Turner, though, to be able to do what they're not supposed to do.