Cavaliers overcome late slip to beat Pacers and level series
Jordan Clarkson goes 5 for 9 in 22 minutes of action for Cleveland. AP

The Cleveland Cavaliers squandered an early double-digit lead but recovered to beat the Pacers, 104-100, on Sunday in Indiana (Monday, Manila time) to level their Eastern Conference first round playoff series.

The Cavaliers took a 49-33 lead in the second quarter on a Jordan Clarkson three-pointer, but the Eastern Conference No. 3 seeds found themselves traling 82-83 in the fourth.

Cleveland fought back and retook the lead on a Kyle Korver triple off a Kevi Love assist, then a LeBron James driving layup made it 96-93.

James finished with 32 points on 12 of 22 shooting, while Korver wound up with 18 points.

JR Smith scored 12 ad Clarkson came off the bench to match the output.

Backup center Domantas Sabonis led Indiana with 19 points, while all five starters scored in double digits.

Myles Turner and Victor Oladipo had 17 points each.

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