LeBron James and Dwyane Wade were excellent down the stretch, leading the Miami Heat to an 87-83 victory over the Indiana Pacers to take game two and even the series at one.
The Heat outscored the Pacers 25-20 in the fourth quarter with James and Wade combining for 23 of the 25 points. James finished with 22 points, seven rebounds and six assists and Wade scored 23 points, grabbed five rebounds and dished out five assists.
Norris Cole was the only other Heat player in double figures, finishing with 11 while Chris Andersen grabbed 12 rebounds.
The Pacers were led by Lance Stephenson, who scored a game-high 25 points, dished out seven assists and grabbed six rebounds. Roy Hibbert had 12 points and 13 rebounds. Paul George and David West combined for just 24 points on on nine-of-32 shooting from the field.
After a good first quarter that saw the Pacers take a one-point lead at the conclusion, the Heat used a late 8-0 run in the second quarter to take a 41-37 lead into the break. The Pacers took control in the third quarter, taking a seven-point lead, but back to back three’s by Chris Bosh and Norris Cole cut the lead to one entering the fourth quarter. The Pacers held a 75-72 lead with just under five minutes to go, but the Heat scored the next 10 points to take control of the game.
Game 3 from the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida is Saturday night at 8:30 pm EST and the game is on ESPN.
Game 1: Pacers 107, Heat 96