Heat vs Pacers 2013: Miami routs Indiana in Game 3 of the NBA East FinalsBy Alex Jusi Madlangbayan on May 27, 2013 in Basketball, Sports •
The Miami Heat vs Indiana Pacers game three of the 2013 Eastern Conference finals turned into a rout by the reigning NBA Champions.
Miami defeated Indiana, 114-96, to take a 2-1 series lead and reclaim the homecourt advantage. Game four will be played again at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana on Tuesday, May 28.
LeBron James led all scorers with 22 points. The four-time NBA most valuable player dominated the first half with 18 points. For the first time in this series, the Nike shoe endorser got a big lift from his teammates with all Miami starters scoring in double figures. Dwyane Wade contributed 18 points and eight assists, while Udonis Haslem added 17 points and seven rebounds. Heat center Chris Bosh had 15 and point guard Mario Chalmers scored 14.
The defensive minded Pacers was led by David West with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Roy Hibbert added 20 points and 17 rebounds while Paul George had 13 points and eight assists.
It was Miami‘s first win of the season in Indiana. The Pacers meanwhile suffered their first playoff loss at home.
The Heat shot 54.5 percent from the field and only committed five turnovers.
Pacers head coach Frank Vogel said that Miami is “one of the great teams that this league has seen, the defending champs. If you’re not perfect guarding them, they’ll do what they did to us tonight. Sometimes when you are perfect with your coverages they still find ways to make baskets. We didn’t have a great defensive night. It wasn’t horrible. You have to credit Miami for playing a great basketball game.”
Despite the overwhelming game three win, Miami head coach Eric Spoelstra reminded his team not to be complacent. According to Spoelstra, “It doesn’t matter how much you win by. We have to be focused and get ready for another one.“
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