James had not dropped a first-round playoff game since 2012.
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Victor Oladipo scored a game-high 32 points to power the Indiana Pacers over host Cavaliers 98-80 Sunday in the opening game of their first-round NBA playoff series.In the late game, league MVP candidate James Harden exploded for 44 points as the Houston Rockets beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 104-101 .The Pacers jumped ahead 33-14 after the first quarter and led by as much as 23 in holding off the Cavs, who came no closer than seven points the rest of the way.James had a triple double in a losing cause with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists.Greek star Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 35 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists and gave the Celtics headaches until fouling out in overtime.In Houston, Harden led a big fourth-quarter run as the top-seeded Rockets held off the Timberwolves in game one.
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