After a very poor first quarter, the Indiana Pacers took control of the game, rallying past the Miami Heat for a 90-84 victory in a huge Eastern Conference showdown Tuesday night.
Much like their epic Eastern Conference Finals clash last season, the Heat had trouble with the size of Pacers’ center Roy Hibbert, at least after the first quarter. Hibbert scored 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting.
In fact, the Pacers’ size as a whole really bothered the Heat. Despite Hibbert grabbing only five rebounds, the Pacers still outrebounded the Heat 43-33.
Pacers’ forward David West had 17 points, nine rebounds and four assists while forward Paul George poured in 17 points himself.
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade each scored 17 points and James added 14 rebounds and six assists, but the two combined to shoot just 12-of-30 from the field. The Heat, as a team, hit just 33 of their 77 shots (42.9%), made only four of their 21 three-point attempts (19.0%) and knocked down 14 of their 20 free throw attempts (20.0%). If it wasn’t for 21 Pacer turnovers, the Heat probably wouldn’t have been in the game.
The Pacers are now 19-3 while the Heat fall to 16-6.