The Indiana Pacers continue to baffle the Miami Heat, cooling off the Eastern Conference leaders once again at the Fieldhouse, 102-89.
The Pacers took the lead late in the first quarter and never gave it back for the remainder of the game. Instead they purposely expanded the lead while weathering various runs by the Heat by delivering a rare defensive AND offensive performance worthy of a big win.
The Pacers took control of the game in the third quarter when they pushed their eight-point halftime lead to as much as 19 before heading to the fourth quarter up 80-65. And frankly, the lead should've been in the 20's as the Heat left the Pacers plenty of opportunities they left on the table.
David West was a beast, leading the Pacers with 12 of his 30 points in the third quarter. The Heat simply didn't have an answer for guarding West or dealing with the Pacers around the rim. Paul George and Lance Stephenson each added 15 points to the W.
LeBron James worked hard for his money with little support. LBJ finished with 28 points. Dwyane Wade had 17 points in the loss while Chris Bosh added 13.
The win bumps the Pacers one game closer to the top of the Eastern Conference as they are now just three games behind the Heat with the Chicago Bulls next at the Fieldhouse on Monday.