May 24, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Indiana Pacers small forward Paul George (24) dribbles the ball as Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) defends in the third quarter of game two of the Eastern Conference finals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

2013 NBA Playoffs, May 24: Miami Heat Stumble Late, Fall to Indiana Pacers

Coming off an overtime victory in game one, one would be forgiven for assuming the Miami Heat would roll to a relatively easy victory over the Indiana Pacers in game two. After all, the Chicago Bulls waltzed into Miami for the first game of their series with the Heat and punched the Heat in the face to win game one, only to get humiliated in a 37-point loss in game two.

The Pacers had different plans. Roy Hibbert put up 29 points and 10 rebounds, and Paul George scored 22 including a thunderous dunk on Chris “Birdman” Anderson and went toe-to-toe with LeBron James throughout the night.

LeBron finished with an absurd 36 points on 14/20 from the field, but a pair of crucial turnovers in the final minute gave the Pacers the win.

The series shifts to Indianapolis now, where the Heat need at least one win to regain homecourt advantage. But they were in a nearly identical situation last year against the Pacers, so there’s no need to start writing their obituary just yet.

Game three will be at 7:30 p.m. central time Sunday on TNT.

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