The Heat won a pivotal Game 3 on Saturday night, downing the Pacers 99-87 to take a 2-1 series lead in the Eastern Conference Finals.
The Heat started off this game as poorly as one could imagine, falling behind 19-5 with 10 minutes gone in the First Quarter. They were able to finish the quarter strong, trimming Indiana’s lead to seven, at 21-14. Roy Hibbert scored 10 points in the period for the Pacers, while LeBron James led the Heat with four points.
Miami was able to wake up a bit in the Second Quarter, winning the quarter 24-21, to close their deficit to 42-38 at the half. Dwyane Wade scored eight points in the quarter for the Heat. Lance Stephenson also scored eight points in the quarter for the Pacers.
The Heat were able to regain command of the game in the Third Quarter, taking that period 33-22, to build a 71-64 lead heading into the final period. James scored 12 points in the frame for Miami, while George Hill scored five points for Indiana.
The Heat not only snatched the Fourth Quarter away from the Pacers, winning it 28-23, they also snatched control of the series away from them as well. Ray Allen scored 13 points in the period for Miami, including four three pointers that broke the Pacers’ collective backs in Game 3. Paul George scored 11 for Indiana.
In all, for the Heat, James finished with 26 points, to go along with seven assists, five rebounds, and four steals. Wade scored 23 points, grabbed four rebounds, four assists, and three steals. Allen added 16 points off the bench.
For Indiana, Paul George finished with 17 points. Hibbert scored 16 points. David West scored 13 points and grabbed five rebounds.
Game 4 will be played on Monday night. The tip-off is scheduled for 8:30 pm.