The Pacers chased from behind for much of Game 2 but were unable to truly threaten the Heat for the win, eventually falling, 109-100.
After falling behind 12-3 to start the game, the Pacers rallied with a strong defensive effort to take a 17-16 lead later in the first quarter which appeared to set up another grinder against the Heat.
Throughout the remainder of the first quarter and the first few minutes of the second quarter, the Pacers had ample opportunity to take control of the game. But not cashing in on several defensive stops kept the game tight as the Heat used some sizzling three-point shooting to initially stay with the Pacers and then pull away.
The Heat closed the final 1:42 of the first half on a 7-2 run to take a five-point lead to the half and never trailed in the second half. Too many loose possessions by the Pacers without anyone stepping up to carry the heavy load, left the Pacers climbing uphill the whole second half.
The Heat did have players step up, starting with Duncan Robinson who started the game with three quick threes and finished the game, 7 for 8 from three land as part of his 24 points. Jimmy Butler maintained his alpha dog role in the series drawing plenty of attention and making plays throughout, finishing with 18 points, 6 assists and 7 rebounds.
Overall, the Heat were a hot, hot, hot, 18 for 35 from deep.
Victor Oladipo led the Pacers with 22 points, making 4 of 11 threes, but getting to the line to make all eight of his freebies. Four of Oladipo’s six turnovers came during the first half as the Pacers were let opportunities to build a lead slip away.
Myles Turner was better offensively, making all three of his threes, finishing with 17 points and 5 blocks. T.J. Warren miss all five of his three-point attempts, finishing with just 14 points on 15 shots.
The series resumes on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET when the Pacers “visit” the Heat for Game 3.