NBA Playoffs final score: Heat torch Pacers in second half for 99-87 win

Mike Ehrmann

Miami bowled over Indiana in the second half to take a 2-1 series lead after the Game 3 win. Paul George and Roy Hibbert had 17 & 16, but it wasn't enough to match up with 26 from LeBron James and 23 from Dwyane Wade.

The Indiana Pacers began quick, once again jumping out ahead of the Miami Heat, pushing ahead 17-4 in the first quarter, but a strong close to the quarter by the Heat drew Miami to within seven. The same story unfolded in the second quarter with Indiana jumping up by 15, but Miami cut the lead to seven heading into the break. Once in the second half, Miami's defense forced Indiana's offense into a mess, as the Heat outscored the Pacers 33-22.

Indiana showed some serious life in the fourth, but their defense was a no show with the Heat scoring at will to put away the Pacers for the Game 3 win. The Heat shot well over 60% in the second half, with Ray Allen going off in the fourth with four three pointers. Paul George had 1 in the fourth himself to score 17, but he and George Hill were limited with foul trouble. Roy Hibbert scored 16. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade reached 20 points again with 26 and 23 respectively.2

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