LeBron James brought his whole team to the party in Game 3 leaving the Pacers with too many options to stop.
LeBron James was phenomenal in the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals but the Pacers controlled much of the action down in Miami to bring home a 1-1 series tie.
In Game 3, LeBron dominated in a completely different way by letting his teammates get loose on the offensive end. James still led the Heat in scoring and his team played at a championship level while he was on the floor, it just didn't seem like he was the leading scorer.
Not with Udonis Haslem wiping the dust off of his game to score 17 points. Ray Allen and Shane Battier both hit three-pointers. Mario Chalmers made big plays in the third quarter when the Pacers were trying to get back into the game. And the Birdman? Apparently he isn't going to miss a shot in this series (4 for 4 last night and 13 for 13 in the series).
The collective group of Heat players other than the Big Three that create the Heat the Big Four Frank Vogel stresses make the Heat nearly impossible to beat rose up to deliver a championship-level performance. LeBron James taking Paul George into the post and forcing the Pacers to alter their defensive priorities opened up offensive opportunities for his teammates and they found a comfort level to simply torch the Pacers at the Fieldhouse.
Nothing short of impressive.
Check out the links:
Heat at Pacers - Game 3 - Box score and highlights
Game Rewind: Pacers 96, Heat 114, Game 3 | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS
Heat too much for Pacers in Game 3 rout - 1070 The Fan
Harsh Reality for Pacers, George | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS
Heat's Big 3 get help in Game 3, blow out Pacers 114-96 | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com
Heat break out in Game 3 for 2-1 lead over Pacers - AP
Bob Kravitz: The Heat were unbeatable in Game 3 | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com
LeBron James' cruel mind games lead to decimation of Pacers' Paul George - Yahoo! Sports
Miami rallies behind its leaders, pummeling the Pacers on its way to a 2-1 series lead | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo! Sports
Pacers see focused defense, not bench, as key in Eastern Conference finals | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com
2013 NBA Playoffs: Pacers vs. Heat recap in GIFs - SBNation.com
Miami Heat: It's a team win against Pacers in Game 3 - South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com
Miami Heat, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh commentary from Ira Winderman. - South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com
Ethan Skolnick: Udonis Haslem makes the night his own for... | www.palmbeachpost.com
INDIANAPOLIS: Greg Cote: Miami Heat answers its critics, Indiana Pacers fans emphatically - Greg Cote - MiamiHerald.com
INDIANAPOLIS: Heat’s offense overwhelms Indiana Pacers as Miami takes series lead - Miami Heat - MiamiHerald.com
Heat Will Gladly Let You Take The First Swing - Daily Dime - ESPN
2013 NBA playoffs -- Paul George vs. LeBron James -- this is the start of something big - ESPN
LeBron James, IUdonis Haslem test Pacers' inside edge and prevail in Game 3 - NBA - Ian Thomsen - SI.com
Pacers' D thrown by Miami Heat adjustments - Indy Sports Legends
Game 3 Recap: Heat take 2-1 series lead over Pacers, cruise to 114-96 win - Hot Hot HoopsGame 3 Recap: Heat take 2-1 series lead over Pacers, cruise to 114-96 win - Hot Hot Hoops
Roy Hibbert grows into Indiana Pacers’ centerpiece - The Washington Post
Newly christened superstar Paul George falls short in Game 3 - CBS Sports