Indiana Pacers Shock Miami Heat, Tie NBA Playoffs Series

In an ugly game two of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series, where neither team shot above 38% from the floor, the Indiana Pacers stole a road victory from the heavily-favored Miami Heat. The Pacers held the Heat to only 75 points, squeaking out the three-point victory. The loss was the first time in the last 13 home Playoff games that another Eastern Conference team had defeated the Heat in Miami. Including the Playoffs, Indiana has not lost a game on the road since March 31st.

During game two, both the Heat and the Pacers went on long stretches without scoring. Miami had no points from the floor in the last two minutes of the game. The Pacers did not hit a field goal in the last five minutes of the first quarter, and at one point, made only five out of 29 shot attempts.

Dwayne Wade and LeBron Jamesaccounted for 52 of Miami’s 75 points, but none of their other teammates scored more than five points in the game. James missed two key free throws in the last minute of the game, and was only 8-13 from the line. In the fourth quarter and in overtime this season, James is only 10-17 from the free throw line. Indiana was not too good with their free throws either, hitting only 19 of their 27 attempts, including two late misses by Paul George. David West and Roy Hibbert both missed a foul shot late in the fourth quarter, as well.

The series shifts to Indiana on Thursday, where the Pacers will attempt to hold on to home court advantage, and the Heat will attempt to not fall apart completely.

 

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