Paul George scored 21 fourth-quarter points including 12 in the final six minutes when the Miami Heat were furiously rallying to try to steal Game 5 and end the series.
This is what a real go-to player does in the NBA. PG has struggled to be a consistent money man at winning time, but on Wednesday night he unearthed memories of Reggie Miller, shying away from no one and knocking down ballsy jumper after ballsy jumper.
As Lance Stephenson created a side show in the fourth quarter while guarding LeBron James, the spotlight on the main stage was shining on PG and man, did he deliver a performance we won't soon forget.
David West also came alive to support the winning close after a lackluster first half. West and PG scored the Pacers final 36 points including all of the Pacers points in the fourth quarter. West seemed to get it going after Miami put Michael Beasley in the game for three minutes late in the third quarter. Beasely's lack of awareness on defense allowed West to get free for a couple of comfortable jumpers and get his flow going. West scored 12 of his 19 points after Beasley took the floor.
As for Lance's goofball routine with LeBron, it appeared Stephenson wanted to set up camp under LeBron's skin to try and draw a sixth foul on LBJ. Lance only had three when they started matching up in the fourth quarter so it appeared he was willing to take a double-foul, double-technical, whatever it took to get LeBron off the floor. James never took the bait, but he also finished the quarter making just one of five shots and ended up passing on a chance to tie on the Heat's final possession. That resulted in a contested three-pointer from Chris Bosh which Lance tipped out for Roy Hibbert to gather up and seal the win.
While the game started out like a hot mess, the various levels of entertainment throughout the second half left the Fieldhouse rocking and the series still alive and headed back to Miami.
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