The Cavs started out flat and were down by 26 points at the half. But James just took over in the second half, scoring 18 of his game-high 41 points in the third. James kept attacking the Pacers in the fourth and finished the game with a triple-double of 41 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists.
By coming back from 26 points, the Cavs tied the largest halftime comeback in playoff history. Cleveland now leads Indiana 3-0 in their best of seven first-round series.
And with James going off, naturally the NBA Twitterverse went bonkers, reacting in disbelief and amazement at the Cavs comeback:
My Pacers fan friend with a first ballot HOF life comes at you fast moment pic.twitter.com/Ng2yPPh4zn
— Scoops Maroun (@ejmaroun) April 21, 2017
— Michael Pina (@MichaelVPina) April 21, 2017
Pacers +3 somehow lost when they were leading 74-49 at halftime.
— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) April 21, 2017
LeBron James is just unbelievable.
— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) April 21, 2017
"The greatest comeback in NBA Playoff history."
That has a nice ring to it…
— Nick Camino (@NickCaminoWTAM) April 21, 2017
Bron has so many iconic and signature playoff moments. Not even sure where this one ranks.
— Adam Mares (@Adam_Mares) April 21, 2017
The Pacers blew it. pic.twitter.com/6taNkMNYsm
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) April 21, 2017
Larry Bird when the Pacers were up 22 vs. Larry Bird when the Pacers were down 6 pic.twitter.com/JnhiAL1Hrw
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) April 21, 2017
The Cavs flipped the switch
— Lang Whitaker (@langwhitaker) April 21, 2017
nate mcmillan has the permanent look of someone who just ate some bad oysters
— martin rickman (@martinrickman) April 21, 2017
Lebron takeovers are incomparable to anything else. It's truly in every aspect of game and with so much precision and force. Not fun https://t.co/qd6hwsBFlc
— sam esfandiari (@samesfandiari) April 21, 2017
There's only one King. pic.twitter.com/mJ6YKbN3IF
— Hamed Aleaziz (@Haleaziz) April 21, 2017
Nate McMillan is still wearing the same shirts and ties from his Portland days, y’all thought he wouldn’t be the same coach?
— Lindsay Mills (@lindsaymills) April 21, 2017
this whole photo pic.twitter.com/VTMP6Z6cpp
— Dane Carbaugh (@danecarbaugh) April 21, 2017
LeBron seals his 20th straight 1st Rd playoff W w/ 41p, 13r, 12a, leading the Cavs to largest halftime comeback in playoff history pic.twitter.com/FITz33vvYd
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) April 21, 2017
1st Half: 74 points
2nd Half: 40 points
1st Half: 49 points
2nd Half: 70 points
Good night, Irene
— Lang Greene (@LangGreene) April 21, 2017
Not many games this season where this screenshot hasn't applied at some point. pic.twitter.com/mGzc4dnUcr
— C. Cooper (@C2_Cooper) April 21, 2017