Pacers-Heat Game 3 Review: Late Heroics Lift The Heat

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Final Score: Miami Heat 99, Indiana Pacers 87


What Happened:

The Pacers' came into Game 3 with a plan to suffocate the Miami Heat offense with active hands and physical play down low. It worked...for a half.

The Miami Heat overcame an extremely sloppy first half by using LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Ray Allen as their new version of the Big Three - getting more than 60% of their scoring out of their three superstars.

While that was to be expected out of James and Wade, Allen's resurgence was a welcome (and extremely key) surprise for the Heat. Allen was 4-for-4 from beyond the arc, seemingly recapturing the form which has made him one of the NBA's deadliest long-range weapons for the better part of eighteen seasons.

The Indiana Pacers had no answers whatsoever from a scoring perspective in the final minutes, allowing the Heat to stretch their lead to insurmountable proportions.

Where do we go from here:

Paul George will have to look in the mirror after a "now you see me, now you don't" game where he seemed hesitant to take on the superstar's burden for the Indiana Pacers.

Also, while the Miami Heat had 15 turnovers of their own, the Pacers had 17 - something which head coach Frank Vogel will drill the team for in tomorrow's practice.

Game 4 will be the pivotal game of this series (as it seems to be in most series). If the Pacers can regroup and steal home-court advantage back from the Heat with a Game 4 win, this series takes on an entirely different complexion.

If not, the Pacers may be in extremely big trouble heading back to Indianapolis for Game 5.


Game 4 is at 8:30 p.m. EST on Monday night, and will be broadcast on ESPN. Stay tuned to Chat Sports for all the latest from Miami.


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