The Indiana Pacers took Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, with an interesting 107-96 win over the Miami Heat.
The Pacers came out on fire in the first quarter, seemingly knocking down every shot they put up, en route to winning the quarter 30-24. George Hill scored 11 points in the frame, including hitting on each of his three attempts from beyond the arc. LeBron James finished the quarter with nine points.
Indiana only took the Third Quarter by three points, 28-25, but they were also able to push their lead to as much as 19 while doing so. Paul George scored 10 points for the Pacers in the quarter, as they were able to distance themselves. James scored eight in the quarter to lead the Heat.
The Pacers did just enough to hold the Heat at bay in the Fourth Quarter, as the Heat won the quarter 26-24. Wade scored 13 in the period for Miami, and George finished with eight for Indiana.
In all, for Miami, Wade finished with 27 points to lead the Heat. James scored 25 points, to go along with 10 rebounds and five assists. Chris Andersen added 14 off the bench.
For Indiana, George finished with 24 points and seven assists. Roy Hibbert and David West each scored 19 points, with nine and seven rebounds, respectively. Lance Stephenson finished with 17 points and eight assists.
The Pacers played this game like they’ve been starving for the opportunity to prove something (which they were), and the Heat played as if they were reminded that a game was taking place about 20 minutes before tip-off. If the Heat are going to win this series, they have to get a much better effort from Chris Bosh. In addition to that, they also have to match the Pacers’ intensity and hunger start to finish.
Game 2 will be Tuesday night in Indianapolis. The tip-off is scheduled for 8:30 pm.