The Miami Heat traveled to Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Wednesday night to take on the Indiana Pacers in what is expected to be a preview of the Eastern Conference Finals. It was a physical, heated game that took us back to the glory years of the NBA, with the referees losing control of the game early.
After a thrilling fourth quarter, the Pacers earned the 84-83 win and clinched the Central Division title.
Indiana jumped out to an early lead and even pulled out to a ten-point lead, but the Heat never gave up and were able to swing momentum that led to a seven-point lead of their own.
Eventually, the score evened out as we geared up for a thrilling finish.
In the final minutes of a very close game, the Pacers watched Lance Stephenson get ejected after receiving his second questionable technical foul of the game for taunting Dwyane Wade.
The good news for Indiana is that they were able to keep the game close heading in to the final minutes.
A David West three-pointer in the final forty seconds gave the Pacers a four-point lead, but Chris Bosh answered back with a three-pointer of his own with an assist by LeBron James for the Heat to make it a one-point game. George Hill went to the line with an opportunity to put the game away for Indiana, but he missed both free throws and the Heat had one final chance to earn the win.
On the Heat’s final possession, Chris Bosh got the final shot but came up empty on the 22-foot jumper to give the Pacers a 84-83 win.
Paul George led the Pacers with 23 points, 8 rebounds and four assists, while LeBron James led all scorers with 38 points. James added 8 rebounds and five assists.