INDIANAPOLIS, May 15 (Ticker) -- Jeff Foster practically was perfect, helping the Indiana Pacers remain perfect at home.

In the best game of his career, the forgotten Foster had playoff career highs of 20 points and 16 rebounds to power the Pacers to a 94-83 victory over the Miami Heat and a 3-2 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Sharing a frontcourt with All-Star forwards Jermaine O'Neal and Ron Artest, Foster often is overlooked. He assumed the starting center spot from Scot Pollard early in the season and averaged 6.1 points and 7.4 rebounds, playing all 82 games.

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The four-year veteran had been very quiet in this series, scoring just 11 points on 3-of-8 shooting. He was left alone on the offensive end and made the Heat pay, making his first nine shots and drawing chants of his name from the sellout crowd of 18,345 at Conseco Fieldhouse.

"They probably had to figure out what to say," Foster joked. "I was smiling; it was very special."

"Jeff Foster was just outstanding," O'Neal said. "I tell him at practice every day that he has not tapped into his true talent."

Foster also dominated the paint, helping Indiana to a 47-30 advantage in rebounds. He particularly was effective on the offensive end, pulling down seven that helped the Pacers to a 20-4 edge in second-chance points.

"Our board work was much better, as we all crashed the boards to get a rebounding edge," Foster said.

"It's not like we didn't know he was a great rebounder. We did," Heat center Brian Grant said. "Tonight, he just showed great effort on the offensive glass and at being in the right place at the right time. ... He's the reason they won."

O'Neal had 22 points and eight rebounds and Artest scored 14 points for Indiana, which continued its dominance at Conseco Fieldhouse after losing twice in Miami.

The Pacers have not lost at home since March 19. In the postseason, they have been even more dominant, winning all five games by double digits.

"Our crowd has been electric all series and it was like they were waiting for something to happen," Pacers guard Reggie Miller said. "Our energy level was 10 times greater tonight than in Games 3 and 4."

While Indiana has been perfect at home, Miami has been perfectly awful on the road. The Heat fell to 0-6 away from home in the postseason, scoring no more than 85 points.

"We looked totally unprepared tonight," Heat coach Stan VanGundy said. "After a game like this, the coach has to take the blame for not having the team ready. I take the blame for this game."

Game 6 is Tuesday at Miami, where the Heat have won 18 straight games, including six in the postseason.

A seesaw first half saw Miami grab its initial first-quarter lead of the series at 21-19; go cold and fall behind, 30-25, midway through the second period; surge back to take a 33-32 lead; and surrender eight straight points, leading to a 44-39 halftime hole.

Foster, who scored 10 points in the first half, really came alive during the pivotal third quarter. He had a layup, dunk and tip-in during a 12-4 burst that widened the lead to 58-45 with 6:36 to go.

"Here's a guy who they haven't looked to go to all series, he's been open in that position several times, and tonight they get him the ball and he finishes," Grant said. "That says a lot about Jeff Foster and his professionalism. He was definitely the difference out there tonight."

Foster closed the quarter with another layup, making it 73-55.

In addition to his offensive explosion, Foster also did a solid job on Heat forward Lamar Odom, limiting him to 14 points on 6-of-15 shooting.

"One of the biggest impacts was our ability to keep Odom under control," Foster said. Rookie Dwyane Wade scored 16 points and Eddie Jones added 15 for Miami.