The Pacers snuck away with a Game 5 win, defeating the Heat 93-90, to push the Eastern Conference Finals to 3-2 in favor of Miami.
The First Quarter got off to a shaky start, with the Pacers jumping out to a 22-16 lead. Paul George scored six points in the period for Indiana, while Chris Bosh scored five points for Miami. Of more importance, was the fact that LeBron James got into early foul trouble, picking up two quick and questionable fouls.
The Heat regained their rhythm and took the Second Quarter 26-11, to take a 42-33 lead at halftime. Ray Allen scored 10 points in the quarter for the Heat. Luis Scola scored six points in the period for the Pacers. Again, James picked up another quick foul with six minutes left in the quarter for his third.
The Pacers offensive came alive in the third, winning the quarter 31-15, to take a 64-57 lead into the final frame. George scored 10 points in the quarter, including a three-pointer to beat the buzzer. Rashard Lewis added six points in the period. Exactly like the First Quarter, James picked up two quick fouls and was forced to sit for most of the quarter.
The Heat outscored the Pacers in the Fourth Quarter, 33-29, but were unable to grab the win. Bosh scored 11 in the quarter to keep the Heat close, while George scored 21 in the period to lead his team to the win.
In all, for Miami, Bosh scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Dwyane Wade finished with 18 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists. Lewis finished with 18 points, as a result of six three-pointers made.
The outcome of this game could be placed on the foul trouble of James, but there should also be something said for the 17 turnovers the Heat gave away, which lead to a free 21 points for the Pacers.
The Heat will be headed home for Game 6, which takes place on Friday. The Tip-off is scheduled for 8:30 pm.