Pacers Links: Pacers back up words against LeBron James, Heat

Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

The Pacers let their play do the talking on Tuesday night when they shut down the Miami Heat.

Lest anyone think the Indiana Pacers caught the Miami Heat on an off night, don't forget what LeBron James said a few hours before the tip.

"But they've been talking a lot," he said. "I read a lot of clips they had before the season, said they were better than us and they should have beat us, so we'll be ready."

That was a classic Michael Jordan threat certainly aimed at intimidating the undermanned Pacers. Paul George and the Pacers didn't respond with words but instead with their play which screamed loud and clear, "BRING IT!"

Don't think both LeBron and Dwyane Wade didn't have the ball in their hands with the intent to inflict ill will on the Pacers defense. Problem was there was no where to go. Hard to say the Pacers shut down the dynamic duo considering they combined for 52 points but they made everything difficult and it wasn't because the two stars weren't trying.

The key to the win was taking care of all of the other stuff besides LeBron and Wade. Dominate the glass. Minimize turnovers. Cover the "others" around the three point line. Oh, and hit some big shots. All while playing without a healthy George Hill. D.J. Augustin put the W on ice with four free throws in the final minute which were the only point guard points for the night.

When it looked like the Heat were ready to seize the game in the third quarter, David West knocked down a rare corner three which seemed to open the lid on greatness for the Pacers. In the end, Paul George outplayed LeBron straight up, all night to show that the Pacers may have more star power than others think.

PG was asked several times in a variety of ways about his individual performance and the meaning for him. He continued to talk about the team and downplay the monster step his game took on Tuesday night. But again, there was no need to talk about what everyone saw with their own eyes.

BRING IT!

Check out the links:

Heat at Pacers - Box score and highlights

Game Rewind: Pacers 87, Heat 77 | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Pacers' domination on boards leaves Heat's LeBron James down | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com

Pacers: Paul George was the star, but others shined, too | Pacers Insider | The Indianapolis Star | IndyStar.com

George the brightest star as Pacers outshine Heat | 1070 The Fan – Opinion & Analysis

George Lets Numbers Do the Talking | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Miami Heat, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James take on Indiana Pacers. - South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com

Miami Heat, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh commentary from Ira Winderman. - Sun Sentinel

Latest Hall List Brings New Hope for Pacers Fans | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Ticket Special: Reggie Returns to Announce Pacers-Knicks Game | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Daily Dime - George, Pacers Rounding Into Form - ESPN

Post-Game Grades: Paul George Scary Good in Statement Win Over the Miami Heat. - 8 Points, 9 Seconds

Heat fall at Indiana 87-77 - Hot Hot Hoops

The Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors, and more of the NBA's best lineup - Grantland

Vogel eager to keep Pacers momentum with new deal - AP

Video - For NBA GM's - The Andrea Bargnani Exclusive TV Offer!! - Raptors HQ

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