Roy Hibbert had 19 points and 18 rebounds Thursday night and the Pacers rolled to a 94-75 win over the Heat
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - The Indiana Pacers kept one foot on the pedal in the second half to take control.
Their other foot was on the throat of the Miami Heat.
Roy Hibbert had 19 points and 18 rebounds Thursday night and the Pacers rolled to a 94-75 win over the Heat in Game 3 to take a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal series.
George Hill scored 20 points, Danny Granger added 17 and David West had 14 for the Pacers, who took control with a 26-12 third quarter and led comfortably in the fourth on the way to their second straight win.
LeBron James scored 22 points for the Heat, but Dwyane Wade had just five -- all in the second half -- while Mario Chalmers led the way with 25.
Game 4 is Sunday afternoon in Indianapolis.
"We're certainly happy with the win," said Pacers coach Frank Vogel, "but we understand we have a lot of work to do. We're not going to get overjoyed."
James scored 16 of his 22 points in the first half and came out of the game, along with Wade and Chalmers, with 2:43 remaining and the Heat trailing by 20.
Miami is still smarting from the loss of forward Chris Bosh, who went down in Game 1 with a lower abdominal strain and isn't expected to be available for the series.
Wade played, but his scoring was absent for most of the game. He didn't hit his first shot until the third quarter and was seen having a testy exchange with Heat coach Erik Spoelstra during a timeout.
Miami trailed by 14 entering the fourth and never got closer than 11; the Pacers led by as many as 21.
"A good, old-fashioned butt kicking," said Spoelstra.
The second-seeded Heat came out flat, missing their first five shots to allow the Pacers to open the game on a 7-0 run. They trailed 11-2 but came back with a 15-4 run led by Chalmers and James and had a 26-17 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Pacers turned the tables in the second, outscoring the Heat 26-17 to tie the game at 43 going into halftime.
James scored 16 points in the first half, Chalmers added 13 and Hibbert scored 12 with 10 rebounds to lead Indiana.
Wade was 0-for-5 until making his first shot early in the third quarter.
"He's definitely going to play better," James said of his teammate. "He's looking forward to Game 4. He definitely didn't want to play the way he did tonight but it was one of those games where he couldn't get into a rhythm."
The third quarter featured two chippy exchanges between the teams.
West was whistled for a technical foul after coming face-to-face with Chalmers when the Miami guard slapped the ball out of his hands in a stoppage. West had just been fouled hard by Shane Battier under the basket.
Later, Granger got a technical for doubling back to jaw at James after pulling the guard's jersey near midcourt to prevent a fastbreak. James' elbow had come up slightly as Granger clutched at the bottom of his jersey.
In the midst of all that, the third-seeded Pacers took control. Granger's three from the left corner and Hibbert's hook shot built a 64-50 lead and Indiana carried that advantage into the fourth at 69-55, leaving the Heat frustrated by their play and with each other.
The exchange between Wade and Spoelstra near the Miami bench is just something that happens, the coach said.
"Anyone who has been part of a team [knows] how often that happens," said Spoelstra. "That was during a very emotional part of the game. We were getting our butts kicked."
Miami shot just 4-for-17 in the third quarter, including 1-of-9 on 3s, and was 29-of-78 for the game (37.2 percent) with a 4-for-20 mark behind the arc. The Pacers shot 43.4 percent for the game.
Wade ended 2-for-13...Dexter Pittman, who hadn't played this postseason, started at center for Miami and was scoreless in 3 1/2 minutes...Both teams had 14 turnovers.
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