Last night’s game between the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat was more than just a regular season game.
The Pacers were able to hold off the Heat by a score of 84-83. Paul George scored 23 points and Roy Hibbert added 21. For the Heat, LeBron James scored 38 points while Dwyane Wade chipped in with 15. Chris Bosh air balled what would have been the game-winning jumper at the buzzer. Now the Pacers own a 2-1 edge over the Heat in the regular season and the two teams will face off one more time before the playoffs on April 11 in Miami.
James had an extra gear last night against the Pacers, scoring 20 points in the first half and had 18 points in the second half. James was attacking the basket the entire game. He was finishing around the rim and going right at Hibbert trying to draw fouls. James shot 11-of-19 from the field and was 14-of-15 from the free throw line. James also grabbed eight rebounds and had five assists. However, James did commit a turnover late in the fourth quarter which led to an Evan Turner lay-up and helped spark the Pacers’ mini run in the fourth quarter that won them the game. James ultimately was a one man team last night.
Wade didn’t have the type of game I thought he was going to have. Even though he was 6-of-11 from the field, Wade had six turnovers. Maybe Wade was a little rusty after sitting out the previous two games or the Pacers’ physicality got to him. Wade just didn’t do enough to help the team other than get Lance Stephenson ejected in the fourth quarter. Wade also came up limping late in the fourth quarter and did not return for the rest of the game.
Bosh was nowhere to be found against the Pacers. He didn’t even play much in the fourth quarter because of his ineffectiveness. He was in foul trouble for much of the game, so he really couldn’t find a rhythm from the field. Bosh shot 3-of-11 from the floor, scoring eight points. Bosh only grabbed four rebounds and he continues to have struggles when the Heat play the Pacers.
Despite disappointing performances from Wade and Bosh, the game lived up to expectations. The physical play from both teams made the game more fun to watch. However, I had a huge problem with Bosh taking the last shot of the game. I understand the play was run for Bosh, but with the type of game James was having, he should’ve been the one to take the last shot. James was hot majority of the game and I’m sure he could have got to the basket with two seconds left on the final play. I can understand why James was mad after the game because he knows he should have been the one to take the final shot. Now I can’t wait to see what the April 11th matchup has to offer.