NBA playoffs: Cavaliers vs. Pacers Game 3

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INDIANAPOLIS — LeBron James finished with 41 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists, and the Cleveland Cavaliers set an NBA postseason record by erasing a 25-point halftime deficit to beat the Indiana Pacers 119-111 on Thursday night and take a 3-0 lead.

James passed Kobe Bryant for No. 3 on the NBA's career playoff scoring list and tied another NBA record by winning his 20th consecutive first-round game.

The incredible rally ruined Paul George's big night. He had 36 points, a playoff career-high 15 rebounds and nine assists.

Cleveland trailed by 26 in the first half and was still down 74-49 at halftime. The largest halftime deficit overcome to win a playoff game had been 21 points.

James scored 13 points in the third quarter to get the Cavs within 91-84. Cleveland regained the lead twice during a 15-5 fourth-quarter run and closed it out with a 12-5 spurt.

Indiana Pacers' Lance Stephenson reacts during the second
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Indiana Pacers' Lance Stephenson reacts during the second half in Game 3 of the team's first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Indianapolis.

Lance Stephenson #6 of the Indiana Pacers reacts
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Lance Stephenson #6 of the Indiana Pacers reacts in the second quarter of Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on April 20, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James is defended by Indiana
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Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James is defended by Indiana Pacers' Lance Stephenson during the first half in Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Indianapolis.

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Myles Turner #33 of the Indiana Pacers reacts
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Myles Turner #33 of the Indiana Pacers reacts in the second quarter of Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on April 20, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue yells during the
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Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue yells during the first half in Game 3 of the team's first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Indiana Pacers, Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Indianapolis.

Kevin Seraphin #1 of the Indiana Pacers drives
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Kevin Seraphin #1 of the Indiana Pacers drives to the basket against Channing Frye #8 of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first quarter of Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on April 20, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Monta Ellis #11 of the Indiana Pacers looks
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Monta Ellis #11 of the Indiana Pacers looks to pass the ball while defended by LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second quarter of Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on April 20, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Lance Stephenson #6 of the Indiana Pacers drives
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Lance Stephenson #6 of the Indiana Pacers drives to the basket against Channing Frye #8 of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second quarter of Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on April 20, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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Indiana Pacers' Paul George reacts after hitting a
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Indiana Pacers' Paul George reacts after hitting a shot during the first half in Game 3 of the team's first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Indianapolis.

Paul George #13 of the Indiana Pacers drives
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Paul George #13 of the Indiana Pacers drives to the basket while defended by LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first quarter of game three of the NBA playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on April 20, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Indiana Pacers coach Nate McMillan argues with referee
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Indiana Pacers coach Nate McMillan argues with referee Tony Brown (6) after McMillan was called for a technical foul during the second half in Game 3 of the team's first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Indianapolis.

Indiana Pacers' Paul George tries to drive past
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Indiana Pacers' Paul George tries to drive past Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James during the second half in Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Indianapolis.

A Cleveland Cavaliers fans watches as the Cavaliers
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A Cleveland Cavaliers fans watches as the Cavaliers and the Indiana Pacers warm up for Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Indianapolis.

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Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James warms up before Game
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Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James warms up before Game 3 of the team's first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Indiana Pacers, Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Indianapolis.

Indiana Pacers' Lance Stephenson grabs a rebound during
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Indiana Pacers' Lance Stephenson grabs a rebound during the first half in Game 3 of the team's first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Indianapolis.

Indiana Pacers' Kevin Seraphin shoots over Cleveland Cavaliers'
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Indiana Pacers' Kevin Seraphin shoots over Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James during the first half in Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Indianapolis.

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James pauses before Game 3
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Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James pauses before Game 3 of the team's first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Indiana Pacers, Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Indianapolis.

Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving, right, works against Indiana
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Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving, right, works against Indiana Pacers' Jeff Teague during the first half in Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Indianapolis.

Cleveland Cavaliers' Channing Frye dunks against Indiana Pacers'
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Cleveland Cavaliers' Channing Frye dunks against Indiana Pacers' Kevin Seraphin during the first half in Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Indianapolis.

Cleveland Cavaliers' JR Smith shoots against Indiana Pacers'
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Cleveland Cavaliers' JR Smith shoots against Indiana Pacers' Paul George during the first half in Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Indianapolis.

Cleveland Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson grabs a rebound above
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Cleveland Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson grabs a rebound above Indiana Pacers' Myles Turner, rear, during the first half in Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Indianapolis.

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James makes a pass as
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Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James makes a pass as Indiana Pacers' Myles Turner defends during the first half in Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Indianapolis.

Indiana Pacers' CJ Miles is fouled by Cleveland
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Indiana Pacers' CJ Miles is fouled by Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James as he goes up for a shot during the first half in Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Indianapolis.

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James keeps the ball from
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Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James keeps the ball from Indiana Pacers' Paul George during the first half in Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Indianapolis.

Indiana Pacers' Paul George is defended by Cleveland
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Indiana Pacers' Paul George is defended by Cleveland Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson during the first half in Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Indianapolis.

Indiana Pacers' Lance Stephenson leaves the court after
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Indiana Pacers' Lance Stephenson leaves the court after warming up for Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Indianapolis.

Indiana Pacers' Paul George shoots against Cleveland Cavaliers'
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Indiana Pacers' Paul George shoots against Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James during the first half in Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Indianapolis.

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