Heat vs. Pacers Links: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade close out Game 2 for Heat as Pacers miss shots, big opportunity

Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

The Heat earned a split with a Game 2 win and with it home court advantage as the Eastern Conference finals shifts to Miami for Game 3 on Saturday.

In a four-point loss it doesn't take long to add up the missed opportunities that might have swayed the game the other way. For the Pacers, they need look no further than their shot chart in general and the final five minutes in particular.

"We knew we'd have to play a complete game to win this one," David West said after the game. "We've got to shoot the ball better than we did, we got a ton of quality looks, didn't get 'em to go but in the fourth quarter it was still our game. I just thought their pressure disrupted us. We had two or three turnovers that led to baskets for them and it cost us the game."

West himself missed two quality looks in his wheelhouse in the fourth quarter which were among the opportunities to extend the lead in a tight game but instead kept Miami in position to pounce when given the opportunity.

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade took care of the pouncing by scoring or assisting on Miami's final 33 points including every bucket in the fourth quarter. The stars rose to the challenge and waited out the Pacers until they stumbled in the last five minutes.

Paul George wasn't himself in the final few minutes after hitting his head in a collision with Dwyane Wade which he said made him blackout. A few plays later, PG fell and slammed the back of his head into Roy Hibbert's knee. No doubt after this physically and mentally draining loss, the Pacers will welcome the three days off to rest up and ready their attack for Miami where the series moves as the Heat now own home-court advantage in a best of five series.

Check out the links:

Heat at Pacers, Game 2 - Box score

Game Rewind: Pacers 83 Heat 87, Game 2 | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

James helps Heat beat Pacers 87-83 in Game 2 - AP

James, Wade a recurring nightmare for Pacers - 1070 The Fan

Kravitz: Pacers will regret letting this one slip away - Indy Star

Pacers Let 'em Off The Hook | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

The Phil Naessens Show: Miami Heat Indiana Heat Game Two Preview & Portland Trailblazers NBA Talk | The Phil Naessens Show

Lance Stephenson Show was spectacular, but not enough - Indy Star

Paul George says he "blacked out" in collision with Dwyane Wade - Indy Star

Wade, LeBron carry Heat to gritty Game 2 win - Hot Hot Hoops

Greg Cote: Dwyane Wade, LeBron James are sparkplugs in key Miami Heat victory - Greg Cote - MiamiHerald.com

INDIANAPOLIS: Miami Heat takes home-court advantage, defeats Indiana Pacers in Game 2 - Miami Heat - MiamiHerald.com

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

The Miami Heat take it to the paint, and the Pacers, tying the Eastern finals at 1-1 | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo Sports

Daily Dime: Dwyane Wade's patient approach pays off in Game 2 - ESPN

Pacers vs. Heat Game 2 final score, highlights and reaction - SBNation.com

Good morning, the NBA is rigged for ... the Cleveland Cavaliers? - SBNation.com

2014 NBA mock draft: Cavaliers should go big at No. 1 with Joel Embiid - SBNation.com

George’s vision blurs, Pacers fade " NBA.com | Hang Time Blog with Sekou Smith

Improving Wade leads Heat to Game 2 win " NBA.com | Hang Time Blog with Sekou Smith

Indiana Pacers – Champion Heat rise up late to take home court back in 87-83 loss | KentSterling.com

TheJayGravesReport.com: School Yard Bullies (How LeBron & D. Wade were able to go to work on the Pacers in the 4th)

Pacers Outplayed Late by Heat in Game 2

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade key Heat's Game 2 win - NBA - Matt Dollinger - SI.com

Paul George struggles in Game 2, costs Pacers 2-0 series lead - CBSSports.com

Paul George blacked out, had blurry vision after Dwyane Wade collision | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo Sports

Cleveland Cavaliers win 2014 NBA draft lottery | The Point Forward - SI.com

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