Post-Game Grades: Heat Beat Pacers to Go Up 3-1 in ECF

Miami Heat 102, Indiana Pacers 90

Recap | Box Score

LeBron James:

13-21 FG (2-3 3FG), 4-4 FT, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, 2 turnovers, 32 points

LeBron James turned into a flying death machine in the third quarter, scoring 14 points and opening up Miami’s lead to “insurmountable.” He also hit us with a few different highlights in the game, including a viscous cork-screw dunk and a baby alley-oop.

 

Dwyane Wade: 

4-12 FG (0-2 3FG), 7-7 FT, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 2 turnovers, 15 points

It wasn’t Wade’s best game of the series, but he also played strong defense all night and helped disrupt what the Pacers did on offense, whether it be by guarding Lance Stephenson or Paul George. His ability to bother George when he has the ball has been sold short throughout the series.

 

Chris Bosh:

7-12 FG (3-5 3FG),  8-10 FT, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, 0 turnovers, 25 points

Bosh finally got his stroke going, opening up the game with eight points in less than two minutes. This was a huge break-through for Bosh, and an important one with Chris Andersen out for the game to help space out the Pacers defense.

 

Miami Heat: 

32-69 (8-24 3FG), 30-34 FT, 34 rebounds to Indiana’s 37, 16 assists to Indiana’s 18, 5 turnovers to Indiana’s 14

The Heat came out and played there best game of the series. Bosh got going early, Wade bothered guys on defense and played off LeBron, who cleaned things up with 32 points. Miami also took 34 free throws and made 30 of them while turning the ball over just five times.

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