Remembering the pass Miami has a reason to play hard tonight. The Heat’s last game against the Pacers left a pretty ugly scar but was the beginning of the Heat’s transformation into a championship team.
LeBron James # 6 gets an easy first score but Pacer’s Roy Hibbert # 55 throws down at the other end. Zydrunas Ilgauskas # 11 gets a good block when he takes a piece of Hibbert’s ball and sends # 55 to the line but Z gets the rebound and is blocking again. Nice lob from LeBron to Chris Bosh # 1… Pacers’ Mike Dunleavy # 17 is out with 2 fouls in the first 5 minutes of the game. Josh McRoberts # 32 keeps the pace fast. LeBron gains a secure grip on the gall and slams it into the basket to take the Heat into the lead 15-16… A rebound gives the Pacers a chance to add 3 and gain the lead 19-16… Wade jumps and hangs suspended in slow motion in the air trying to find an open team mate – unsuccessful.
A steal by LeBron starts a roll… Next Chalmers makes a steal… Then Danny Granger # 33 knocks Mario Chalmers down and sends him to the line… LeBron sees an opening and heads through the tunnel but the short cut ends him up at the line… Joel Anthony’s pass to James Jones in the corner adds 3 but the Pacers’ Hibbert # 55 races back with a response. The first quarter ends 29-33 with the Heat leading by 4.
Mike Miller # 13 steps into the road way to stop Pacers’ # 24 Paul George but he gets pass the road block… LeBron gets his 2nd triple… Wade gets the basket and the foul for 3 but the Heat is trailing 48-44. Wade throws a long shot to the basket or to LeBron but misses both… LeBron is racing against 3 pacers then passes to Chalmers but no good he misses 3. The score remains 60-52 with the heat trailing… A pass from Chalmers to LeBron gets a dunk but the Heat is still trailing by 3 at half time 66-63.
In the 3rd quarter Z # 11 keeps the Pacers from scoring. A turn over to the Pacers gives them the ball but a 3 second violation gives the ball back to Miami… A 3-pointer by Danny Granger # 33 puts the Pacers up 71-69. LeBron has a near turn-over but shoots a basket just in time. Chalmers adds 3 from the corner. Miami’s 5th turnover gives the Pacers a 3-pointer, but a block by LeBron keeps the Pacer from another score.
The score is tight with the Pacers in the lead 101-92. Then Bosh gets one in for 2 but the Pacers respond with a dunk over Eric Dampier keeping the lead 101-96. With 6 and a half minutes in the 4th quarter a Pacer turnover gives Mike Miller # 13 an opportunity for 3. Then Bosh at the line adds another and moves the heat within 1 point. Wade’s shot is shot but Dampier # 25 races up to put it in. Now Miami is leading by 1.
A pass from LeBron to Wade results in a turnover but close defense keeps the Pacers from scoring. With 2 minutes an air ball by Mc Roberts gives LeBron an opportunity to push the lead ahead 106-110. With1:39 minutes left, Roy Hibbert is out of the game but the Pacers race back within 3 of the Heat. With .8 seconds the score is 112 to 113 and LeBron is at the line. He adds 2. What! A 5- second violation on Indiana with 6.5 seconds, Now Eddie House goes to the line. Naturally he adds 2 to give Miami another win 112-117 but the Pacers played an impressive game.