The Heat got a well-earned win at Indiana in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, leaving town with a 87-83 victory to tie the series at one game a piece.
The teams played a pretty even First Quarter, with the Pacers winning the quarter 21-20. Lance Stephenson score nine points in the frame to lead the Pacers. Dwyane Wade finished with eight points in the quarter for Miami.
The Heat clamped down on defense, and took the Second Quarter 21-16, to take a 41-37 lead into the halftime break. Wade again lead the Heat with five points in the quarter, while Rasual Butler lead Indiana with six points in the period.
The Pacers took control in the Third Quarter, winning the period 26-21, and taking a 63-62 lead into the deciding period. During the third, Indiana even pushed to a seven point lead at 63-56, with 2:06 left to go. Stephenson scored 10 points in the quarter for Indiana. Chris Bosh scored seven in the frame for the Heat.
The Heat took the fight to the Pacers on the defensive end of the court in the fourth, winning the quarter 25-20, to eek out the win. LeBron James woke up in the period, scoring 12 points. Wade added 11 big points as well for Miami. Paul George and George Hill each scored six points in the quarter for the Pacers.
This was a game that defined the Heat’s championship mettle. Just when it seemed like their backs were against the wall, they got back to what their foundation has been going on four years now: defense. Snatching the home-court advantage back in this series is huge for the Heat.
In all, for Miami, Wade finished with 23 points, to go along with five rebounds and five assists. James scored 22 points, grabbed seven rebounds, and dished six assists. Norris Cole added 11 points off the bench.
For Indiana, Stephenson scored 25 points, to go along with seven assists and six rebounds. Paul George finished with 14 points, six assists, and five rebounds. Hill added 13 points and five rebounds.
Game 3 is scheduled for Saturday night in Miami. The tip-off is slated for 8:30 pm.