The Indiana Pacers came one shot away from upsetting the No. 2 seeded Cavaliers in Cleveland on Saturday in Game 1 of their first round series, but a C.J. Miles jumper at the buzzer came up short and the Cavs escaped with a 109-108 win.
Miles was the one to take the shot because the Cavs were aggressive in double-teaming Paul George at the top of the key, 35-feet from the basket. LeBron James closed out hard and helped J.R. Smith force George to pass. However, Miles had a few seconds to work with and George ran back towards the ball with only James covering him.
While Miles ended up getting a decent look, with the game George was having, the Cavs were happy to take their chances with any of the other four on the floor – James even said as much in his postgame interview.
After the game, George felt that should’ve been his shot, and said he had a conversation with Miles about how he needed to look to get the ball back to him after the initial double forced George to pass.