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NBA PLAYOFFS WRAP: CAVS & SPURS GO UP TWO-ZIP

The second seeds in the West and East moved to 2-0 leads in their respective series on day three of the 2016-17 playoffs.

GAME 2 – PACERS 111-117 CAVALIERS

Cavaliers lead series 2-0

Cleveland survived a late Indiana rally for the second straight game, though it was nowhere near as nerve-wracking as their one-point series-opening escape, getting up by six points this time. The Cavs led by 18 after a dominant third quarter, but a 33-21 final term from the Pacers made for more than a hint of déjà vu. Kyrie Irving starred for the champs with 37 points on 14-for-24 shooting, while Kevin Love had 27 points and LeBron chipped in 25. Paul George (32 points) stepped up for the underdog Pacers.

GAME 2 – GRIZZLIES 82-96 SPURS

Spurs lead series 2-0

San Antonio routed Memphis again, this time on the back of a 29-16 first quarter. The game was as good as over at halftime with the Spurs ahead by 19, before the Grizzlies belatedly clawed back some of the deficit. Kawhi Leonard was the star attraction for the second game in a row, beating his playoff best with 37 points – including a flawless 19-for-19 from the free-throw line and 9-for-14 from the field. Leonard also racked up 11 rebounds in a dominant outing. Mike Conley top-scored for the Grizzlies with 24 points.

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