The Indiana Pacers got the ugly game they were hoping for and needed. Whistles, turnovers, fouls, more fouls, and a pace that hardly played in the Miami Heat's favor. LeBron James got the moment the Heat needed most. With a driving layup at the overtime buzzer, James allowed the Heat to escape AmericanAirlines Arena with a 103-102 victory Wednesday night over the Indiana Pacers. It was a victory that came despite two remarkable plays from Pacers forward Paul George at the end of regulation and the end of overtime, first with a 3-pointer, then with three free throws when fouled on a 3-pointer with 2.2 seconds left in overtime. Game 2 of Heat-Pacers is 8:30 p.m. Friday at AmericanAirlines Arena, before the series shifts to Indianapolis for two games in the 2-2-1-1-1 scheduling. The winner of this series plays the winner of the Western Conference finals between the San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies, a series the Spurs lead 2-0. James, despite early foul trouble, led the Heat with a triple-double with 30 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, supported by 19 points from teammate Dwyane Wade. George paced the Pacers with 27 points, supported by 26 points from teammate David West. The Heat closed the game in the absence of starting point guard Mario Chalmers, who left in the third quarter with a bruised left shoulder. George, who forced overtime with a 3-pointer with seven-tenths of a second to play in regulation open overtime with a pair of free throws for a 94-92 Pacers lead.
Miami survives Game One 103-102 in OT
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | May 23