Indiana Pacers 93, Miami Heat 90
Recap | Box Score
LeBron James: INC
2-10 FG (1-3 3FG), 2-3 FT, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block, 3 turnovers, 7 points
LeBron James got into early foul trouble, picking up two fouls in the first quarter before heading to the bench for an extended sit. It felt like LeBron never fully entered the game. The Miami Heat weren’t as aggressive without LeBron, taking just eight free throws the entire night. James had a big three and one of the best blocks we have seen in the playoffs in recent history, but he just couldn’t contribute enough down the stretch. Oh, and passing to Chris Bosh for the win was a fine decision.
Dwyane Wade: B+
7-14 FG (2-3 3FG), 2-2 FT, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, 18 points
Wade showed up tonight, especially when LeBron was on the bench. He may not have scored a ton of points, but he did a good job facilitating, defending, and filling the gap left by James for much of the night.
Chris Bosh: B
9-21 FG (2-7 3FG), 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 2 turnovers, 20 points
Bosh didn’t shoot a high percentage but he was aggressive and did as good a job he can defending Roy Hibbert.
Rashard Lewis: A+
6-10 FG (6-9 3FG), 4 rebounds, 2 turnovers, 18 points
It’s a shame the Rashard Lewis game went to waste.
Miami Heat: B
34-75 (15-31 3FG), 7-8 FT, 38 rebounds to Indiana’s 45, 22 assists to Indiana’s 13, 17 turnovers to Indiana’s 12
Let’s not forget that this game looked over before the Pacers came back in the third quarter. So let’s try to judge this game as whole, and not just a half. Miami played a strong game overall, but with LeBron seated due to foul trouble, didn’t have the on-ball defenders to defend all of Paul George, Lance Stephenson and David West. Miami needed to be more aggressive getting to the paint. LeBron’s absence hurt that too, but shouldn’t have stopped the other guys. Miami was still in the game despite the foul trouble and turnovers, and bench guys like Lewis and Ray Allen stepped up. It was a decent effort by the Heat, and they almost had it in the end.