Then they made up.
James and his fellow Cavaliers teammates were locked in a divisional battle with the Indiana Pacers where the Pacers pushed the game to double overtime.
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This time around, however, James may not have thrown the knockout punch, but he left the battered, wobbly, Pacers squarely on the ropes.
"I think they played at a championship level", Brett Brown said of last season's title victors.
Jimmy Butler defied any inclination to give in to fatigue, and the rest of the Chicago Bulls followed suit with the kind of performance that left little doubt about their desire to make the playoffs. He seemed to indicate both originally did the right thing, but Thompson couldn't recover when George made a second move. "Blame it on me". "Starting my treatment right now, as you can see", James said, his feet in a cold tub.
"I was a little bit too demonstrative at that point in the game", James said.
After the game, James apologized for the incident and accepted full responsibility, saying he needs to be much better about not going after teammates on the court and keeping those conversations and arguments behind closed doors.
"We're family", he said.
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"We're family", Thompson said. "Got the win, on to Orlando". George finished with 43 points, and scored 16 consecutive points for the Pacers at one point in overtime.
James didn't only have words with Thompson.
The Cavs (49-27) remain a half-game behind the Celtics (50-27) for first place in the East, and Cleveland plays at Boston on Wednesday night. Eventually Love tried to hold Thompson back as James put his hands on Thompson's chest.
"We needed a win, so it was a good win for us", Lue said.
Cleveland has won its first two games in April after returning home from a brutal seven game stretch that had the Cavs traversing time zones for the better part of two weeks.
It certainly doesn't help that Boston's Avery Bradley has missed the last two games with the stomach bug, Amir Johnson rolled his ankle on Friday and Jae Crowder is undergoing tests on an injured left elbow.
Following a timeout, Love's inbounds pass to James in the post was batted away by George, giving in the ball with 1.1 seconds left. In their last 15 games, they are tied with the Warriors for the best record at 12-3, as they are playing with an intensity that has truly picked up. He mentioned that both players were represented by Klutch Sports, founded by Paul, and said the blow-up showed "we care about our defense". And to add insult to injury for the probably exhausted Cavs; Boston has three rest days in between its Sunday matinee and Wednesday's game. Paul George makes a tough shot, they get into it. March is the month that many teams are preparing for the playoffs, but for the Cavs, they were looking for a way to bounce back, game after game.
George added nine rebounds and nine assists. It's simply a shame the Sixers were the victims of a refocused Defending NBA Champion.
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