Found May 26, 2013 on
Fox Sports Florida:
San Francisco 49ers
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- LeBron James scored 22 points and the Miami Heat rediscovered their offensive punch, routing the Indiana Pacers 114-96 on Sunday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.
James got plenty of help as the Heat reclaimed the home-court advantage they lost two nights earlier. Dwyane Wade had 18 points, and Udonis Haslem added 17.
David West led Indiana with 21 points, and Roy Hibbert had 20 points and 17 rebounds. The Pacers lost for the first time at home in the playoffs this season, dropping to 6-1.
Game 4 is Tuesday night in Indianapolis.
It was vastly different from the first two games when the Heat couldn't pull away.
Miami used an 8-2 run to open up a 10-point lead in the second quarter led 70-56 at halftime -- Miami's biggest lead in the series.
Indiana didn't get closer than seven the rest of the way.
It was a rare letdown from one of the NBA's top defensive teams.
Miami shot 54.5 percent from the field, was 24 of 28 from the free-throw line, matched its highest-scoring quarter of the playoffs this season (34) in the first, broke the franchise's postseason scoring record for a half with 70 points and tied a franchise playoff record with only one first-half turnover.
The combination was the perfect remedy for Miami, which needed James' buzzer-beating layup to win Game 1 in overtime and turned the ball over twice in the closing seconds of Game 2, a 97-93 loss. The Heat hadn't led by more than five in either of those two home games.
On Sunday, Miami got major contributions from a handful of players and left nothing to chance.
It traded baskets through the first quarter, building a 34-30 lead and getting the Pacers out of their grind-it-out style, then opened up the second quarter on an 8-2 run to make it 42-32. Indiana couldn't get closer than seven the rest of the half and when James knocked down a 15-foot jumper with 1.3 seconds left, the Heat had the record.
Indiana was a different team to start the second half, getting back-to-back 3-pointers and a three-point play from George Hill. Lance Stephenson followed that with 1 of 2 free throws to cut it to 74-67.
But Miami countered with a 9-4 run, extended the lead to 91-76 after three and made it 99-78 early in the fourth.
Indiana closed to 101-87 midway through the fourth but couldn't any closer. It was only the third time this season the Pacers lost at home by double digits. Indiana fell 97-75 to Oklahoma City in April and 105-95 in the regular-season finale to Philadelphia when coach Frank Vogel rested four of five starters.
NOTES: Miami's best scoring half before Sunday was a 68-point effort against Chicago on April 24, 2006. ... Indiana handed out blue and white T-shirts to create a checkered flag effect in the stands. ... Miami's Chris Andersen has made 16 consecutive shots in the playoffs. ... Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean, former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh attended the game. ... The victory was Miami's first at Indiana this season. The Heat lost both regular-season games in Indy.
BEST OF MAXIM
Oh those crazy professional basketball players and their fashions! Dwayne Wade and LeBron James were at it again for Game Three of the Eastern Conference Finals. While the talk should be all about the way the Heat played--and a lot of it will be--we can't help but recognize the bold fashion moves that these titans of the hard court made Sunday.
LeBron has worn some pretty...
'SO BE IT'
Discussing the NBA's flopping epidemic, LeBron James -- who insists he's not a flopper -- says it is acceptable for players to try to gain an advantage.
LeBron James is looking for an intern and thanks to a job description on his website we have some insight into how you can land this gig. LeBron and team are looking for interns who are ahead of the social media curve and can work at least 10 hours a week. Most of the program seems to revolve around LeBron’s digital properties, which isn’t all that bad. You only have until...
With the game on the line and a chance to gain a decisive advantage in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Pacers, LeBron James fouled out! Yes, sports fans, the one guy in the NBA that defines clutch missed the final minute of the game when his team needs him most.
Oh. I can see it now. The conspiracy theorists are going to have a filed day with this one.
Earlier tonight, we posted a GIF of Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson flopping after making contact with Miami Heat guard Ray Allen.
That wasn’t the only noticeable flop of the night.
Check out this clip of Miami Heat star LeBron James running into Pacers forward David West and providing an Oscar-winning acting job by falling backwards despite the limited contact:
LeBron James has a lot of untapped football potential. While at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio he was the starting varsity quarterback as a 14 year-old freshman year and an all-state wide receiver his sophomore and junior year. So what would have happened if LeBron didn’t quit football his senior year to focus on basketball? This has become an obsession on the...
MIAMI -- If LeBron James really wants one day to be a quarterback, a possible mentor has emerged.Super Bowl champion and two-time Pro Bowl signal caller Joe Theismann said he's willing to offer his services this summer to teach the Miami Heat star the position. In fact, Theismann, who lives in Memphis, said he wouldn't hesitate to approach James, 28, with the idea if the...
What a holiday weekend filled with tons of playoff sports action. I hope all went well for everyone and the weekend was filled with tons of bacon, sports and beer. Without further delay, lets get on to our Midday Cup Check for May 28, 2013.
Blowing out the Candles
Glen Rice, longtime NBA 3 point stud, is best known for practicing making babies with Sarah Palin back in college during...
With just under two minutes remaining in the third quarter of Game 4, Pacers’ George Hill appeared to have a routine fast break layup until LeBron James came out of nowhere and swatted his shot attempt at the rim.
Really, what can you say? This was just one of those games where you have no choice but to shake your head, acknowledge the supremacy of the Miami Heat, and move on. This was the kind of game that reminds you why the Heat are the reigning NBA champs, and why LeBron James is head and shoulders above everyone else in the league. It is the kind of game that reminds us that as the Pacers...
Back in 1999, San Antonio star Tim Duncan won his first NBA title, while LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh were still young kids.