Miami Heat 87, Indiana Pacers 83
Recap | Box Score
LeBron James: B
9-18 FG (1-5 3FG), 3-6 FT, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals, 3 blocks, 3 turnovers, 22 points
It took a while for him to wake up, but LeBron ended up shifting the tectonic plates of this game in the second half. He single-handedly created open looks for corner three’s on back-to-back possessions in the fourth quarter against the best team in the league in preventing those. After being switched to George Hill on defense, James scored 16 points in the second half to close the game out and was more disruptive on the defensive end.
Dwyane Wade: A
10-16 FG (0-1 3FG), 3-4 FT, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal, 3 turnovers, 23 points
Wade kept Miami cooking in this game, putting the scoring load on his shoulders when LeBron looked out of sorts. He also got the Paul George assignment in the second half after LeBron was switched off him and did a good job defending him (just like he did in Game 1). Going forward, I think we see more Wade on George.
Norris Cole: A
3-4 FG (2-2 3FG), 2 assists, 1 steal, 0 turnovers, 11 points
Miami needed some offense off the bench and the Cole Train delivered, hitting a couple of three-pointers and being aggressive. More importantly, he played terrific defense on Lance Stephenson after Born Ready went off in the third quarter.
1-4 FG, 1-2 FT, 12 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, 0 turnovers, +25, 3 points
Andersen didn’t contribute on offense as much as he did in Game 1, but his assist to LeBron on the drive helped spring Miami’s 10-0 run to take the lead in the last 5 minutes of the game. Miami needed to close the gap in the rebounding numbers, and Andersen pulled down 12 boards while supplying very strong defense on Hibbert.
Miami Heat: B
34-67 (8-20 3FG), 11-18 FT, 38 rebounds to Indiana’s 41, 19 assists to Indiana’s 19, 11 turnovers to Indiana’s 10
Miami approached Game 2 with a different game plan, starting Udonis Haslem over Shane Battier and playing more of the Bosh-Andersen lineup that I love so much. The defense was much better but the Pacers also missed quite a few open looks. Often it comes down to whether or not the shots fall, and they weren’t falling for Indiana as much as they were in the first game.