Heat Dominates as They Take on Pacers 2-1
Heat took on Indiana and emerged victor with a 144-96 win and a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference finals. The trick? Coach Erick Spoelstra decided to place the 6-foot-8 LeBron James right at the heart of the action.
James recovered from his two late turnovers in Game 2 by ending with 22 points, four rebounds and three assists. Dwayne finished with 18 points, four rebounds and eight assists. Bosh, on the other hand, earned Miami 15 points and three rebounds while the remaining five starters scored double figures.
The win allowed Miami to score 56-32 against Indiana. Simply put, such is expected from a team who has won 23 out of 24.
Spoelstra wanted more aggression inside the court. Luckily enough, LeBron was up for the job.
Game 4 is scheduled for Tuesday and Pacers must learn how to adjust after Miami’s victory.
In the lead for Pacers was David West who scored 21 points and 10 rebounds. Roy Hibbert ended the game with 20 points and 17 rebounds while Paul George with 12 points and eight assists. The numbers clearly did not help Pacers clench the victory.
The loss was even more unfortunate with most of the crowd dressed in checkered flag colors as homage to the Indianapolis 500. The fans, however, did not faze LeBron as he continued to do his work in court.
Miami led the first quarter with a 34-30, followed by a 12-point second quarter with LeBron taking the reins. LeBron scored half the points which gave Miami their biggest lead of the season, 42-32. With 1.3 seconds left in the half, LeBron never seemed to tire as he gave Miami its 70-56 lead.
During the second half, Indiana seemed to come back by hitting back-to-back 3-pointers courtesy of George Hill. This was followed by 1 of 2 free throw shots from Lance Stephenson, cutting the lead 74-67.
The effort however didn’t persist as Miami answered with a 9-4 run, creating a gap 91-76 after the third quarter and 99-78 early in the fourth. With that substantial margin, Indiana didn’t dare counter.