In a game premeditated with coaching fines, trash talking and expected physicality, the Miami Heat outlasted the Indiana Pacers on Sunday, despite losing All Star Chris Bosh who was sidelined with an abdominal strain injury.
Miami took a 1-0 series lead over the Pacers, led by a game high 32 points and 15 rebounds from LeBron James. Dwyane Wade also was stellar offensively, finishing with 29 points in the victory.
David West was the high man for the Pacers with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Roy Hibbert also double doubled with 17 points and 11 rebounds and Darren Collison chipped in with 10 points and 6 assists off the bench.
Chris Bosh played very well in the first half, tallying 13 points and 5 rebounds but would not return to the game after the 2nd quarter when he injured his abdominal on a driving dunk.
The Pacers got off to fast start, pressuring the Heat on defense, holding them to just 37% while shooting 50% and sporting a 6 point lead at halftime.
The Pacers frontline played well as expected, making their presence felt in the interior and further capitalizing with the absence of Chris Bosh.
Head coach of the Pacers Frank Vogel, who was already fined $15K for referee complaints, was heavily protesting calls throughout the game but to seemingly no avail.
The Pacers trailed by 4 late but Paul George fouled out on a LeBron James drive that gave the Heat a 92-86 lead with under 2 minutes to play that would prove to be enough.
- Chris Bosh suffered an injury in what is being called an abdominal strain
- The Heat had 22 fouls to the Pacers 31
- Lebron James and Dwyane Wade combined to score 22 points in the 4th quarter
- Danny Granger was scoreless in the first half for the 1st time since 2010 against the 76ers