May 28, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (24) goes up for a shot past Miami Heat center Chris Bosh (1) during the third quarter in game five of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Heat at Pacers final score, NBA Playoffs 2014: Indiana forces game 6 with 93-90 win

Paul George scored 37 points, pulled down six rebounds and recorded six steals to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 93-90 victory over the Miami Heat in game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals Wednesday night. The victory cuts the Heat’s series lead to 3-2 and the two teams will head to Miami for game 6 on Friday night.

After scoring just six first half points, George poured in 31 in the second half and hit big shot after big shot down the stretch. David West added 19 points and nine rebounds and Lance Stephenson scored 12 points. The Pacers also got an important contribution from Roy Hibbert, who scored 10 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.

LeBron James was limited to just seven points and four assists in 24 minutes because of foul trouble. Chris Bosh lead the Heat with 20 points and 10 rebounds while Rashard Lewis scored 18 points, knocking down six three-pointers. Dwyane Wade scored 18 points, grabbed eight rebounds, dished out seven assists and had two steals.

The Pacers looked like a desperate team in the early going racing out to an early eight-point lead. The Heat, however, quickly turned the tide in the second quarter. They opened the quarter on a 15-2 run to take control of the game and entered the break with a nine-point lead. That’s when the Pacers began to show more fight. Trailing by 11 at the 7:43 mark, the Pacers staged a 20-4 run that gave them a 57-52 lead and they entered the fourth quarter with a 61-57 advantage. The Pacers pushed the lead to 77-66, but the Heat responded with a 9-0 run. With the Pacers up 85-81, Lewis hit yet another three, but George answered with one of his own. After Bosh banked in a three on the other end, George again responded with a three to push the lead back to four. Lewis then hit yet another three to make it 91-90. With the Pacers leading 92-90, Bosh missed an open three and West went to the line with just one second to play.

Game 6 from the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida is Friday night at 8:30 pm EST and the game is on ESPN.

Game 1: Pacers 107, Heat 96
Game 2: Heat 87, Pacers 83
Game 3: Heat 99, Pacers 87
Game 4: Heat 102, Pacers 90

For more on the Heat and Pacers, check out All U Can Heat and 8 Points, 9 Seconds.

Tags: Chris Bosh David West Dwyane Wade Indiana Pacers Lance Stephenson Lebron James Miami Heat NBA Playoffs 2014 Roy Hibbert

  • Real M-Fing talk !!!

    NO !!!
    The Pacers did not force a game 6 , the refs did !…. i am not one of those blame the refs person but clearly the refs were given orders to force a game 6 and if that notice came from the NBA, clearly they didn’t want the Heat sitting around for a week, when there is still cash to be made ! and how better to do it than remove the best player from the game… i could live with it if some of those calls were legit, i just need to know, how did the refs got the word and who gave it to them… was it the NBA or gamblers, did they get cash in some giant brown envolope, questions i need answered, if the Heat had fairly lost game 5 no problem, but the fact they are playing a 6th game when they didn’t need to bothers me…. and for all the time Lebron carried this team in the past 4 years, it would have been nice for these guys to step up and closed out the game !…. and once again the coach with the surf board for a forehead kept Beasley and Jones on the bench while the heat was struggling to score points.