Sunday, May 22 at AmericanAirlines Arena
Game 5 Rewind: Pacers 83, Heat 115
All losses are painful in a figurative sense.
This one also was literally so for the Pacers.
Not only did Indiana drop Game 5 of its Eastern Conference semifinal series 115-83 to the Heat
Tuesday at AmericanAirlines Arena, the Pacers finished the game without their two leading scorers.
Danny Granger left early in the third quarter with a sprained left ankle and did not return, while David West did not play in the fourth quarter with a sprained left knee.
Trailing 3-2 in the series, the Pacers will try to even things in Game 6 Thursday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse (8 p.m., ESPN).
Miami set a franchise record for highest shooting percentage in a postseason game, hitting .614 from the field. The 32-point margin of defeat was the widest ever in a playoff game for the Pacers.
By The Numbers
Paul George led the Pacers in scoring with 11 points, adding four rebounds, three assists and two steals. Granger scored 10, making 3 of 4 from the 3-point line. West scored 10 but shot 5 of 13. Roy Hibbert had 12 rebounds but shot 3 of 10.
LeBron James led Miami with that has become an average game for him in this series: 30 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. He made 12 of 19 shots. Dwyane Wade scored 28 on 10 of 17 shooting but struggled from the free-throw line (7 of 13). Shane Battier scored 13, hitting 4 of 5 from the 3-point line. Udonis Haslem scored 10 and point guard Mario Chalmers had a team-high 11 rebounds as the Heat won the battle of the boards 49-35.
"We’ve got some wing defenders but certainly not having Danny out there when you've got a matchup like LeBron James, it definitely challenges your depth but we've got to try to overcome that. We've got a good basketball team, a deep basketball team and we've got to bounce back and get Game 6." - Pacers Coach Frank Vogel
"I have a history of recovering fast. Tomorrow it could feel a lot better, in two days when we play I could be ready to go. All these injuries are different. We just have to take it day-to-day." - Granger
"My foot would have to fall off for me to not at least try to play (Thursday). This is too important. It's the playoffs. I'll just take a bunch of pain medication and go out and lay it on the line." - Granger
"We can recover. You don't get two wins for a blowout, you know? In Indiana we beat them by 20 points one game. This game was tough. I go down, David West goes down, it was tough for us. But it's just one win and they're on their homecourt. They're supposed to win this game. We've got to go back to Indiana and take care of our business." - Granger
"I think it was more defense than anything. We couldn't stop them in transition. They were hitting some really tough shots. It was a good old butt-kicking." - Hibbert
"They had LeBron James dancing with the ball, hitting tough shots and you had D-Wade hitting and-ones. It's very tough. They played like superstars tonight. We played like … we weren't up to par. Our backs are against the wall going back to Indy and we've got to figure something out." - Hibbert
"I thought the way we ended the second quarter, they reeled off about seven straight, got a couple out on the break, that was the difference in the game. They played at their tempo. We weren't able to get enough stops. You can't allow a team to shoot 60-plus from the field. The way we ended the second and started the third, that was the difference in the game." - West
"I'm fine. I have a day to recoup. I'll be ready. I think Danny will be all right. I know he's rolled his ankle a couple of times. It's part of the game. We should be all right." - West
"There's a lot of reasons why our offense didn't click, but those are reasons we can fix. For whatever reason we didn't execute today. We usually do a good job of executing." - Darren Collison
"We want to show sportsmanship at all costs but at the same time if you're getting objects thrown at you and things like that, it kind of gets out of hand and gets disrespectful. Take it for what it is; we'll let the NBA and the Miami Heat worry about that and we'll just keep doing our job." - George Hill
"It's a good win. I don't think the score is indicative of anything, really. This is our challenge right now, to leave it behind us. We did a lot of good things tonight but we have to focus on the next one and really commit to keeping this edge we've had the last two games, knowing we'll be going into a hostile environment. As quickly as we can, this one's done." - Miami Coach Erik Spoelstra
"They're a competitive, tough team and we feel we are, too. That's why you're getting a tough, competitive series." - Spoelstra
"I felt good today. I was in a groove and I let the game come to me. No question it was a total team effort but it's good to get two games like this." - Wade
Stat of the Game
Miami outscored the Pacers 27-17 in the third quarter, which has proved pivotal in the series. In the Heat's three wins, it has held an 85-55 advantage in the period, holding the Pacers to 17 of 55 shooting (.309). In the Pacers' two wins, they have a 52-26 edge, limiting the Heat to 7 of 34 shooting (.206).
Granger, who sprained his ankle late in the second quarter, returned to start the second half but lasted less than five minutes before aggravating the injury and leaving the game for good. With Granger out, Miami took off on a 20-8 run to open a 74-53 lead, with James and Wade combining for 15 of those points. The Pacers offered up no challenge in the fourth period.
Things got testy early in the second quarter as Tyler Hansbrough picked up a flagrant foul on a Wade drive. A minute later, Hansbrough was knocked to the floor as Udonis Haslem was given a flagrant. Through it all, the Pacers struggled offensively but closed to 40-38 on a rare 3-pointer from Hibbert. But Miami closed the half on a 9-2 run to lead 49-40 at the break. James scored seven in the run, including two buckets in the final 26 seconds. Indiana shot 38 percent and was outrebounded 23-18 in the half. Miami got 16 from James and 11 from Wade, shooting 53 percent for the half.
Miami jumped out to a 19-8 lead behind the other guys, as Battier hit three 3-pointers and James and Wade scored just one bucket apiece. But Granger answered with three 3-pointer of his own, including two in a 12-4 run that cut the deficit to 23-20 late in the period. James beat the buzzer with a three to put the Heat up by six after one. The Pacers struggled to get their inside game going as West and Hibbert were a combined 1-of-9 in the quarter.
Granger limped out of the game with 2:48 left in the half after rolling his left ankle landing on James' foot after a missed 3-point attempt. He returned to start the second half but aggravated the ankle defending a James drive and limped back to the locker room with 8:49 left in the third and did not return. An X-ray taken at the arena was negative and he is day-to-day for Game 6 Thursday. … West was injured when knocked to the floor on a box-out by Battier. … Hibbert made a shot-clock-beating 3-pointer in the second quarter, just the fourth of his career and first since April 12, 2010 against Orlando. … Hansbrough picked up a type 1 flagrant foul with 10:23 left in the half for hitting Wade in the head on a drive. … Soon thereafter, Haslem retaliated by clubbing Hansbrough to the floor with both hands with 9:26 left in the half and was given a type 1 flagrant of his own. … Miami's Dexter Pittman also committed a flagrant foul in the closing seconds for throwing an violent elbow to the throat of Lance Stephenson. … Miami did not change its starting lineup for the first time in the series, sticking with Ronny Turiaf in the middle with Shane Battier and Chalmers joining James and Wade. … Rather than flying back immediately after the game, the Pacers opted to remain in Miami overnight. They will practice there Wednesday and then return to Indianapolis.
Game 6 is scheduled for Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Thursday, May 24 (8 PM, ESPN), with Game 7 (if necessary) in Miami Saturday, May 26 (TBD).