Game Rewind: Pacers 79, Heat 90, Game 5

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Thursday, May 30th, 2013 at 8:30 PM EDT at American Airlines Arena

Game Rewind: Pacers 79, Heat 90, Game 5

Scott Agness | May 31, 2013

Instant Rewind

The grip of the series was right there. Indiana had the opportunity to build a double-digit lead, dampen Miami’s spirits, and return home with one win needed to make the franchise’s second NBA Finals appearance.

Despite shooting 51 percent, the Pacers missed numerous chances in the lane and had nine giveaways in the first half. Then, they got away from their identity and became witnesses to the LeBron James show.

Heading into Game 5 in Miami, it felt like James was due to go off. The four-time MVP exploded in the second half, scoring 19 of his game-high 30 points after the intermission to guide the Miami Heat to a 90-79 win. The Heat seized a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series, which continues in Indianapolis on Saturday.

The duo of Paul George and Roy Hibbert handled the Pacers’ offense in the opening quarter. Literally. They were responsible for all 23 of Indiana’s points. George was 5-of-7 from the floor and he also assisted on a Hibbert dunk. The Pacers’ lead, however, was just four at the end of the first, after missing three bunnies at the rim and not taking advantage of three first-quarter turnovers by James.

George and Hibbert’s offensive production extended into the second. All told, the pair accounted for the team’s first 29 points. That’s when Chris “Birdman” Andersen shoved Tyler Hansbrough not once, but twice as the ball was already up the floor. The officials gave Andersen a flagrant-1 (which could be upgraded by the NBA later) and Hansbrough a technical. David West scored 10 in the second quarter. The Pacers shot 53 percent and led for all but 23 seconds in the first half. Yet because of turnovers and missed shots in the lane, their advantage was just four.

After intermission, James showed why he’s the best. He outscored the Pacers by himself in the third quarter, 16-13. He also had four assists and thus a hand in 25 of Miami’s 30 points. The Heat used two big runs, first a 9-2 spurt followed by a 16-2 run to take control of the game. Udonis Haslem also had a stellar quarter, hitting all five of his shots. The Pacers made only one field goal in the final 9:17 of the quarter – they went 3-for-14 – and trailed by 13 with one quarter to play.

The Pacers opened the fourth with five straight points, causing Miami to regroup. They trimmed the Heat’s lead to eight points three times, but each time the defending champions answered. Indiana was burnt in the third quarter and that’s what ultimately did them in.

The Pacers must now beat the Heat in the final two games to advance. The Heat haven’t lost two straight games since Jan. 8 (in Indianapolis) and Jan. 10 (in Portland).

Inside the Numbers

Paul George led the Pacers with 27 points (on 11-of-19 shots), 11 rebounds and five assists . It was George’s fourth double-double this postseason, but just his first in this series. He has scored 20+ points in five consecutive playoff games on the road. Last Pacers player to do that was Reggie Miller in 1995.

Paul George has scored 20+ points in each of the Pacers’ last four road games this postseason. George is the first Pacers player with four consecutive 20-point games on the road in a single postseason since Reggie Miller did so in five straight from May 17-31, 1995.

Roy Hibbert scored 22 points and pulled in six rebounds. David West finished with 17 points and eight boards.

Indiana’s backcourt was a weakness. George Hill and Lance Stephenson on the night: 2-for-11, five points, six turnovers, and 10 fouls.

The Heat shot 50.7 percent. LeBron James made half of his 26 shots and finished with 30 points, eight rebounds and six assists. He didn’t have a turnover in the final three quarters. For the second time in three games, Udonis Haslem went 8-of-9 from the field (16 points).

Chris Andersen made both his shots in Game 5 to remain perfect, 15-for-15 in this series. All but one has been inside two feet.

Rebounds and points in the paints, two decisive categories, were nearly even. The Pacers tallied one more rebound and the Heat were +2 in the paint.

Miami scored 22 points off of 18 Indiana turnovers.

Roy Hibbert had at least six offensive rebounds in each of the first four games. The Pacers had only six offensive rebounds as team in Game 5 (via ESPN Stats & Info).

Quoteworthy

“Our whole team blew some opportunities. We had some opportunities to secure the loose balls on the defensive end that we didn't do. Opportunities to prevent some layups defensively in the first half. We had some breakdowns. And obviously we missed some bunnies around the basket.” – Frank Vogel on his team’s first half

“We feel like this is going to be a series for the ages. And all series every time one team or the other has delivered a blow, the other team has responded. I just kept reminding them of that, and that our response was the next one.” – Frank Vogel

“It's on me. I have to make sure those guys are involved and getting better looks. And if they're out of sync, we're going to struggle. I have to get them more involved.” – Frank Vogel on Hill and Stephenson

“His engine in that third quarter was incredible. He was tireless. He was making plays on both ends of the court, rebounding, covering so much ground defensively, and then making virtually every play for us offensively.” – Heat coach Erik Spoelstra on LeBron James

“We talked about the environment. We talked about the crowd. We talked about the intensity they were going to play at. We just didn’t respond. I thought for three quarters we played good enough. That third quarter bit us.” – David West

“The two fouls (on me) early in the game threw me off rhythm. I wasn’t able to impact the first quarter. It just threw me off and I never got my rhythm back. I just need to figure out what we did wrong as a team, and get ready for the next game. We need to play smart. They brought it to us today.” – Lance Stephenson

“I just seen how we were playing in the first half. Like I said, we were in wait mode in the first half instead of going and getting it. Just waiting for things to happen. I took it upon myself to stop waiting and just go.” – LeBron James

Stat of the Game

George, West, and Hibbert went 26-of-49 from the field and accounted for 66 points. All other Pacers, including the starting backcourt: 5-of-20, 13 points.

Noteworthy

  • The Pacers are 2-6 in Game 5s played on the road in a best-of-seven series tied at 2-2, including four straight such losses.
  • Tyler Hansbrough suffered a sprained right ankle less than two minutes into the fourth quarter and did not return.
  • David West, Udonis Haslem, and Mario Chalmers each were given technical in the third quarter for an altercation. It was West’s third postseason technical.
  • Indiana hasn’t won – or lost – consecutive games since winning Games 3 and 4 against New York. They’ve alternated wins and losses in each of its last eight postseason games (W-L-W-L-W-L-W-L).
  • Rick Pitino, the head coach at the University of Louisville and one of Frank Vogel’s closest mentors, was at the game.

Up Next

Game 6 is on Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse – 8:30 PM EST.

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