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2014 NBA Playoffs: Eastern Conference Finals Game Two

Eastern Conference Finals Game Two : Heat 87 – Pacers 83; Series tied 1-1
The Indiana Pacers had too many erratic quarters on Tuesday night, and the end result would be a Miami Heat 87-83 win that ties the series up at one game apiece. Despite a cold first quarter where the Pacers only scored 21 points, they would lock things down on defense and hold the Heat to just 20. However, the Pacers continued to go cold in the second, thanks in part to Paul George’s poor shooting, and Miami outscored Indiana, 21-16. After a 26-21 third quarter, the Pacers had a one-point lead going into the fourth. However, the Heat would close out the game and outscore the Pacers, 25-20.
The Heats win is the first for the road team in six meetings between these two squads this season.
LeBron James sparked a rally late in the game and he finished with 22 points and six assists. That rally would include a 12-2 run, of which James had six points. Dwyane Wade was the leading scorer for the Heat in Game Two, scoring 23 points of his own. Though Wade scored 13 in the first half, it wasn’t until the final quarter that he added the final 10. That was when the Heat needed him most, and he certainly came through in the clutch. Along with Wade and James’ combined 45, they also got 11 points off the bench from Noris Cole. No other Heat player scored in double-digits, but Chris Bosh had 9 as a starter.
Unlike the Heat, every starter for the Pacers was able to get into double digits. That includes 25 from Lance Stephenson and 14 from Paul George, as well 13 from George Hill, 12 from Roy Hibbert and 10 from David West. However, their bench scored just 9 total points. Even though Paul George had 14 points on the night, he shot just 4-16 from the field, including 2-5 from deep. He struggled throughout the night and this isn’t the type of performance we are used to seeing from him.
Paul George was just also just 1-11 from the field during the first half. This is just the third time in his career with such a poor start to a game.
During the first six quarters, which consisted of the four in Game One and the first half of Game Two, the Heat were just 8-25 when a player drove to the hoop. They improved that much more and were 4-6 on drives in the second half of Game Two.
The win also makes the Heat 7-0 in Game Two’s during the Big Three era after going down in a series 0-1.
Attention now shifts back to Game Three, as the series will head to Miami. Before things tip off, you can check with sportspicks.com handicappers to get valuable insight to the odds of this game.
After their Game One loss, the Heat fell to 9/5 odds to win the NBA Championship, which put them behind the Spurs (who are at 11/10). This is the first time the Heat have been down since their dominating win in the Conference Quarterfinals against the Bobcats. The Pacers are at 15/2, which puts them slightly ahead of the Thunder.