But not for LeBron James, who added another chapter to his legend on Thursday, contributing 41 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists, helping the reigning National Basketball Association champions Cleveland Cavaliers rally from a 26-point deficit to stun the Indiana Pacers 119-114 in Game Three of their opening-round Eastern Conference play-off series.
LeBron James led the way once again for the defending champs, recording 33 points, 10 rebounds and four assists.
Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving, front left, goes to the basket against Indiana Pacers' Jeff Teague during the first half in Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, April 23, 2017, in Indianapolis.
Johnson, who hit the winning shot in Game 1, scored 11 straight Jazz points during a crucial stretch in the fourth quarter, including a pull-up jumper for a 91-90 lead with 3:55 remaining after trailing by seven early in the period. It looked as though that trend would continue on into the fourth, with the Cavs extending their lead to 13, just as LeBron James drained a free throw t0 finish a three-point play.
Game 1 - The Cavaliers took a 12-point lead into the fourth quarter. "We needed everything from them", James said, via ESPN. Kyrie Irving added 28 points, Deron Williams added 14 and Kevin Love had 16 rebounds.More news: 'Clean Air Zone': Nottingham could impose camera-contolled charges for polluting vehicles
Lance Stephenson led IN with 22 points, Myles Turner had 20 and George finished with 15 on only 5-of- 21 shooting. Pacers star Paul George had 36 points, 15 rebounds and 9 assists - just missing the triple-double mark.
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, the Cavaliers are favored in today's game, as they are getting odds of -3.5 points against the Pacers.
James and the Heat won that series, which was the Eastern Conference Finals, in six games, before losing in five games to the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals.
Meanwhile, Stephenson is actually playing pretty well for the Pacers in his return to Indianapolis.
The Cavaliers had ended the third quarter strong, closing out the frame by extending their lead to 11 points following two Kyrie Irving free throws. "You got to be willing to sacrifice and lay it on the line to win a game, and that's what he did for us". The Cavs won by 1, 6, 5, and 4 in respective games.More news: Bundy earns 5th victory as Orioles beat White Sox 6-5
Rodney Hood chipped in 18 points and Derrick Favors added 17 off the bench to help Utah win a playoff game at home for the first time in seven years.
Cleveland will get plenty of time to rest as it awaits the victor of the series between the Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks. We'll let you decide.
Chris Paul put up 27 points and 12 assists in the absence of Blake Griffin, who will sit out the remainder of the playoffs due to a toe injury. He was suffering from food poisoning and finished with three points and two rebounds in nine minutes.
The Cavs take a 3-0 series lead into Game 4, which is scheduled for a 1 p.m. EDT start at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
IN has lost five straight postseason games and six of its last eight.More news: President Trump calls North Korean leader a 'pretty smart cookie'
It was a stark contrast from the first two games in San Antonio where the Grizzlies had no answers for Kawhi Leonard, who combined to score 69 points in a pair of Spurs' blowout wins. He led all scorers with 33 points.