Just as they did last year, the Miami Heat returned home for a game five against the Indiana Pacers with the score tied 2-2 and questions swirling about whether the Heat might fall. And just as they did last year, Miami meted out a convincing win, 90-79.
The score was close for the entire first half, with the Pacers maintaining a slim lead into halftime. But then LeBron James remembered he’s the best player in the world and just started destroying everything. He finished with 30 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists, but those numbers don’t fully capture the magnitude of the hurting he put on Indiana. His third quarter explosion turned a four-point Pacer lead into a 13-point Heat lead and he made it look effortless.
For Indiana, Paul George had a fantastic game with 27 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists, but outside of George, David West and Roy Hibbert, nobody else on the Pacers scored more than 4 points. No, that’s not a typo.
Game six will be in Indianapolis on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on TNT.