Notebook: Heat 114, Pacers 96



Posted May 27, 2013 12:31 AM

By Conrad Brunner, for NBA.com

THE FACTS: Udonis Haslem (17 points), Mario Chalmers (14) and Chris Andersen (nine) combined for 40 points on 16-for-19 shooting as the Miami Heat put on a dominant performance in routing the Indiana Pacers 114-96 Sunday in Game 3 to take a 2-1 series lead in the Eastern finals.

LeBron James scored 18 of his 22 points to set the tone in Miami's 70-point first half, and the role-players took it from there. David West led Indiana with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Roy Hibbert had 20 points and 17 boards. Game 4 is Tuesday in Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

QUOTABLE: "We had a lot of contributions tonight so it was a good step forward. But we know how competitive this series is. We already have to start putting this behind us and now start getting ready for the next challenge, the next battle in Game 4."

-- Miami coach Erik Spoelstra

THE STAT: Miami became the first team in NBA history to win five straight road games by double-figure margins in a single postseason.

TURNING POINT: After Miami controlled the first half, shooting 63 percent and committing just one turnover in building a 70-56 lead at the break, the Pacers had a flurry early in the third quarter -- putting together a 15-6 run to cut the lead to 78-71. With the chance to get even closer, Lance Stephenson's layup was blocked by Dwyane Wade, and Chalmers drove for a three-point play at the other end. It was a huge swing that launched Miami into a 21-6 run that pushed the lead to 99-77 early in the fourth. Indiana made just one basket in more than nine minutes after Stephenson's shot was snuffed.

QUOTABLE II: "Obviously, they're one of the great teams that this league has seen, defending champs on a historic run. If you're not perfect guarding them, they'll do what they did to us tonight. Sometimes when you are perfect with your coverages, they still find a way to make baskets."

-- Indiana coach Frank Vogel

HOT: James did most of his work in the post, using his strength against lithe defender Paul George and hit seven of his first 11 shots. Haslem made Hibbert pay for sagging into the lane and leaving his baseline jumpers open, going 8-for-9 from the field. Andersen made all four of his shots, remaining perfect at 13-for-13 for the series. Chris Bosh shot 6-for-10 and Wade 8-for-14. Indiana's George Hill made all three of his 3-pointers.

NOT: A headliner in the first two games, George barely made the fine print in this one, shooting 3-for-10 and scoring a scant 13 points, nine after intermission. Stephenson continued to struggle, shooting 2-for-10 and scoring seven points. He's 8-for-32 for the series.

QUOTABLE III: "Paul George is a very good defender, and he can do it in a lot of different ways, but we wanted to be a little more aggressive -- a little more committed to getting into the paint and seeing what would happen. And LeBron was very committed and focused not to settle. The aggressiveness set the tone."

-- Erik Spoelstra

NOTABLE: This was the third time the Pacers played a conference finals game on the same day as the Indianapolis 500, and they dropped to 0-3. They previously lost to Detroit in 2004 (83-65 in Game 5) and into New York in 1999 (93-90 in game 2). ... Haslem's point total was his highest in the postseason since scoring 20 against New Jersey on May 14, 2006. ... Among the celebrities on hand were Indiana University coach Tom Crean, 49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, Sarah Pailin, former Pacers George McGinnis, Mel Daniels and Rik Smits and Indy 500 drivers Helio Castroneves, Scott Dixon and Graham Rahal. ... Miami's 34-point first quarter tied its postseason high, and its 70-point first half established a franchise playoff record.

UP NEXT: Game 4 Tuesday in Indianapolis, Game 5 Thursday in Miami, Game 6 (if necessary) Saturday in Indianapolis, Game 7 (if necessary) Monday in Miami.