Miami Heat 99, Indiana Pacers 87
LeBron James: B+
9-14 FG (1-2 3FG), 7-9 FT, 5 rebounds, 7 assists, 4 steals, 6 turnovers, 26 points
With 7:26 remaining in the third quarter, LeBron threw down a dunk that gave the Heat their first lead of the game. James had another efficient game on offense, with most of his points coming in the second half as he led Miami’s resurgence to win Game 3. Defensively, LeBron played with great anticipation to get four steals and create opportunities in transition.
Dwyane Wade: B+
9-16 FG (2-3 3FG), 3-4 FT, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, 2 turnovers, 23 points
LeBron went to the locker room at the end of the third quarter to deal with an injury and Erik Spoelstra called for Three. That is, Dwyane Wade. Wade must have thought Spo wanted the other kind of three. He came off the bench and closed the quarter by draining a shot from beyond the arc. Just like Game 2, Wade and LeBron dominated the second half of this game.
Ray Allen: A
4-6 FG (4-4 3FG), 4-5 FT, 1 rebound, 1 steal, 1 turnover, 16 points
Ray Allen, man. Ray came in and was feeling it. He drained four three-pointers, each one twisting the knife in the side of the Pacers a little bit more. Besides his hot shooting, Allen has played great defense all series.
Miami Heat: B+
37-68 (10-18 3FG), 15-20 FT, 29 rebounds to Indiana’s 29, 17 assists to Indiana’s 17, 15 turnovers to Indiana’s 17
The Heat could have panicked after falling down 15 early on, but the veteran team cleaned up the turnovers and got the ball rolling in the right direction. After scoring just 38 points by halftime, Miami did a better job finding space and pacing the game with ball movement. On defense, the team had active feet and active hands, rotating on help defense quickly and knocking balls away. Between the first and second half, it was like watching two different teams.