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LeBron, Cavs Bench Spark 26-Point Comeback in Second Half to Steal Game 3 from Pacers

The Cleveland Cavaliers rallied back from a 26-point deficit to take Game 3 on the road from the Indiana Pacers, 119-114.

LeBron James dominated, scoring 41 points, but a bold move by head coach Tyronn Lue to sit Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love for the fourth quarter, while Kyle Korver, Deron Williams and Channing Frye played in crunch time.

Iman Shumpert picked up right where he left off in Game 2, playing vital minutes to contain Paul George and J.R. Smith, who was questionable to play due to a hamstring injury closed out the game on the floor for three minutes.

Korver finished with 12 points, hitting 4-of-5 three-pointers.

Frye scored 13. Williams played 22 minutes, facilitating the offense and providing a spark on the other end.

Watch Lue’s post-game press conference below, explaining the thought process behind the unconventional move to ride with the bench.

Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio. Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games.

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