In Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, the Pacers defeated the Heat 97-93, to even the series at 1.
Roy Hibbert lead the Pacers with 29 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Paul George scored 22 points and dished out 6 assists. David West, who scored 26 points in Game 1, only scored 13 in Game 2. However, his most important contribution came on defense. On back to back possessions late in the 4th quarter, he deflected passes of LeBron James that led to turnovers.
LeBron James led all scorers with 36 points, but committed two big turnovers late in the game that cost Miami the game. Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wadescored 14 points a piece, but no other member of the Heat was able to reach double figures.
Like Game 1, this game was mostly close. The Pacers held a lead as big as 11, but the Heat battled back to take a 4 point lead late in the 4th. Indiana regrouped well, and took the lead for good after George Hill made two free throws to take a 95-93 that was not relinquished.
Two games in, Indiana seems to be implementing their style of play on the Heat, using their size and strength to their advantage. Yet, Miami with little production from the bench, find themselves tied at 1 game a piece. Game 3 will be the most important game of the series for both teams, as the scene shifts back to Indiana.