2014 NBA Playoffs: Balanced Play Pushes Indiana Pacers to Big Game 1 Win

By Nicholas Barker
David West dunks during his impressive game one
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The Indiana Pacers worked all season to have home-court advantage, and they made the most of it on Sunday, defeating the Miami Heat by the score of 107-96. Although it is only one game of a best-of-seven series, the way the Pacers were able to overpower the Heat may have changed the popular view of the coming games.

Looking down the box score it is hard to say who played the best for Indiana as the starters were able to all have good games; Paul George led the team with 24 points as Roy Hibbert and David West both chipped in 19. They came out with an energy that made it seem like they wanted it more and never let up. West continued his impressive play by overpowering whoever Miami decided to have guard him, and I’m still wondering how he is going to be stopped going forward. They even tried LeBron James on him, but he too was no match for him as West shot 8-for-11 from the field.

The most impressive stat for this Pacers team would have to be the fact that they shot 37 free throws while the Heat only shot 15. This shows that they were able to be much more aggressive and they played a huge part in the big win today.

Looking forward to Tuesday night, it is hard to say that both teams will once again shoot over 50 percent as both are known for their impressive defenses. However, the Pacers just looked much better, and I can see that continuing especially because James will try and take over for Miami which will put a lot of pressure on his shoulders. Step one is complete for the Pacers and it was quite an impressive 48 minutes.

Nicholas Barker is an Indiana Pacers writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @nickbarker123, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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