Notebook: Pacers 97, Heat 93

Posted May 25, 2013 9:38 PM

By Zachary Paul, for

THE FACTS: Roy Hibbert had 29 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 97-93 victory against the Miami Heat Friday in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals. The series is now tied at 1-1 as it heads back to Indiana.

Paul George added 22 points for the Pacers, who finished with five players in double figures. Guard George Hill also had 18 points, five rebounds and three assists. The Pacers led by as many as 13 in the first half before the Heat made a charge just before halftime and againat the start of the third quarter.

Miami grabbed its first lead, 79-78, on a LeBron James jumpshot with 10:46 left in the game but it was short-lived. The Pacers quickly regained the advantage and held off several late runs by the Heat to steal homecourt advantage in the series.

James led the Heat with 36 points, eight rebounds and three assists.

QUOTABLE: "It's a nice win. It's good to split. And we haven't done anything yet. We haven't closed the series out. We won one game. A lot of us feel we should be up 2-0, obviously, with the last play of Game 1."

--Roy Hibbert

THE STAT: While the Pacers shot 81 percent from the free-throw line (26-for-32), the Heat were just 18-for-26 (69 percent).

TURNING POINT: James committed two turnovers in the final minute to offset one of his best postseason performances.

QUOTABLE II: "Very, very proud of our resolve to overcome their runs in both of the first two games. In fact, that was a major point of emphasis in yesterday's film session after the difficult loss in Game 1, just the guts to respond time and time and time against after they keep giving us their best punch."

--Pacers coach Frank Vogel

HOT: James once again carried the Heat. There were times Miami would have been out of the game if not for the league's most valuable player. He was aggressive from the start, and continued it throughout.

NOT: After a strong effort in Game 1, David West was almost nonexistent. It appeared he let frustrations get the best of him.

GOOD MOVE: The Pacers pounded the ball into Hibbert throughout the game. He took 15 shots in an obvious effort to get him involved. Hibbert also made 9 of his 10 attempts from the free-throw line.

BAD MOVE: Wade landed a nasty elbow to the face of Pacers guard Lance Stephenson. If the league upgraded Ian Mahinmi's foul to a flagrant after Game 1, then Wade might hear from the league in the coming days.

UP NEXT: Game 3 is at 8:30 p.m. ET, Sunday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.