Cleveland's Kyrie Irving under pressure from Indiana's Jeff Teague.
Cleveland's Kyrie Irving under pressure from Indiana's Jeff Teague. Tony Dejak

Cavs go 2-0 up in Pacers playoff

BASKETBALL: The Cavaliers' big three have combined for 89 points as Cleveland took a 2-0 playoff series lead over the Indiana Pacers.

Kyrie Irving (37 points), Kevin Love (27) and LeBron James (25) got their side home 117-111 after almost blowing an 18-point lead in the final term when the Pacers inched to within four.

Paul George scored 32 points and Jeff Teague 23 for Indiana, which now has a steep hill to climb to get back in the series.

Cleveland is 12-0 when starting 2-0 in the post-season. Game three is on Friday morning (AEST).

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