Indiana Pacers game headaches to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round of the NBA playoffs. The Pacers had ensured their fighting spirit with a comprehensive 121-87 victory in game six on Friday, sending the Vas to the game 7 on Sunday night. At last, LeBron James scored 45 points to lead the Cavaliers to a 105-101 win over the troublemaker Pacers and into the second round of the NBA playoffs.

LeBron helps the Cavs eliminate Indiana Pacers in game 7

A loss would not only have ended the Cavs’ season earlier than expected and their reign as three-time conference champions. Had the Cavs lost the game 7, this would be LeBron’s first time to be eliminated in the first round. But he came out to his third 40-point game of the series to stay unbeaten in the opening round of the NBA playoffs.

Tristan Thompson was back after many games on the bench and added 15 points and 10 rebounds. Kevin Love was all by himself, making four 3-pointers. And George Hill who had returned after missing three games with back spasms scored 11 in 19 second-half minutes.

The Indiana Pacers’ Nigerian Victor Oladipo, who has been a threat to the Cavs’ defense, dropped 30 points while Darren Collison had 23. It Pacers within four points in the final minute before a cutting James scored on a bullet pass from Kyle Korver with 30 seconds left. The victory earned them a second-round meeting with East top seeds Toronto Raptors. Raptors beat the Washington Wizards in round one.