Through the first half of the first quarter, LeBron James scored 10 of Miami's first 12 points, going a perfect four-for-four from the field, including two three-pointers. Meanwhile, the Pacers scored 16, with three players scoring at least five points.
Bosh got into the action with a 21-footer from the right wing to bring the Heat within two, then Udonis Haslem fouled Roy Hibbert, who made one-of-two free throws. David West and Chris Bosh traded 19-footers, then James was fouled by David West. Norris Cole made a three-pointer to bring the score to 19-all with three minutes left in the quarter.
Neither team could hit a shot for a spell after Cole's triple. James made two free throws after getting fouled by Ian Mahinmi. Mahinmi dunked the ball the next time down the floor to keep the score knotted. West hit two free throws, and James returned the favor with 21 seconds left. Paul George drove to the hoop as the play clock wound down to 1.3 seconds, earning a foul from the Birdman, Chris Andersen. After one, the Pacers led the Heat, 25-23.
First Quarter Observations
- David West got hot for 10 points for the Pacers, and LeBron James paced the Heat with 14. Both players were in the contest for the full 12 minutes.
- James was four-of-six from the floor, the rest of the team was four-for-11.
- The Heat were guilty of a grand total of one turnover through the period, by King James himself.
A Birdman dunk got the party started in the second quarter, followed by a series of missed opportunities for each team. Lance Stephenson drained the longest two-pointer possible, and the Heat answered with two Andersen free throws for the seventh tie of the contest. Luis Scola knocked down a 21-footer, followed by a strong offensive-board and toss-in for Andersen.
CJ Watson drove the length of the court for a layup, and Indiana negated some good hustle by winning the fight for a loose ball under the Pacers net. Mario Chalmers finally sunk one for the Heat, driving right to the rim for a layup and another tie at 31-all.
Haslem put back Rio's missed shot halfway through the quarter, and Watson hit a three pointer. Bosh hit a six-foot jump-hook to close the gap to 36-35. The score would remain that way for quite a while after that. After around 2:30 of nobody scoring, Udonis Haslem made his first of two free throws, collecting the rebound off his miss and earning the assist for Chalmers putback and Miami's first lead since the first quarter, 38-36.
Ray Allen stole the ball under the Pacers net with two minutes left in the half, hitting James in stride three-quarters of the way down the court. James was fouled, and made half of his two free throw attempts for a game high three point Heat lead. Paul George erased that lead with his second three-pointer of the night.
UD had a nice smooth jumper over George Hill to reestablish Miami's lead, and the Pacers threw the ball away their next trip down the court. The Pacers ninth turnover of the night led to King James making two free throws. Stephenson drove to the hoop, running over Haslem in the process and getting called for a charge. George made another three-pointer, and the Heat held the ball for the final shot of the quarter. Roy Hibbert fouled Bosh on his way to the net, and CB hit both of them for a 45-42 Heat lead going into the locker room.
Second Quarter Observations
- Birdman was the best thing going for Miami early in the frame, digging for loose balls, collecting rebounds, and blocking a shot. He did, however, badly miss an open 17-footer.
- Rashard Lewis missed all six of his field goal attempts through the first half.
- Ray Allen had two turnovers, bringing Miami's total to three for the game. The Pacers had 10.
- Bosh was four-for-five, scoring 10 points in the half.
Third Quarter Observations
- Everything went wrong for the Pacers through the first half of the quarter, and the Heat were playing like two-time defending Champions.
- James had 13 points in the quarter, and 30 for the game to that point. George led the Pacers with 18.
- All of Indiana's starters were between minus-13 and minus-19, and all of their reserves were between plus-2 and plus-5.
Scola opened the scoring in the third, and Watson hit a three-pointer to cut the lead to nine. Miami couldn't get on the board at all until the 9:37 mark, when Allen hit a technical free throw to break a 13-point run by Indiana. Haslem scored his 10th and 11th points on a slam, and Allen was fouled going up for a dunk. Shuttlesworth made both freebies.
Chalmers kissed one high off the glass for a bucket, then stole the ball and fed Lewis for a slam and another 18-point Heat lead with eight minutes left.
West earned a trip to the foul line, making two. Bosh badly missed a three pointer, followed by a lean-in West 14-footer. Allen made a 13-foot fadeaway to keep Miami's lead at 16. Miami used the full 24 seconds their next time down, then got the offensive board for a fresh 24. Unfortunately, Rio missed the layup.
Cole stole the ball the next time down, and fed LeBron on a four-on-one in transition for a no-doubt slam dunk.
At 4:33, Haslem was fouled hard by West - and the two traded pleasantries but were broken up before anything could develop. Incidentally, UD missed both free throws.
James put in his own miss to make his personal total 34 points in 32 minutes with four minutes left in regulation. His next time with the ball, he drew a foul from West, sending him to the locker room with his sixth of the game. Still, the Pacers continued to chip away, closing to 91-79 with 3:14 left in the game.
With 1:30 left and down by 14, the Pacers just- gave up after Hibbert missed a jumper. The clock ran out with the Heat on top, 98-86.
Fourth Quarter Observations
- Scola nearly faked Cole out of his shoes with a jumper from the corner.
- James almost finished the game with zero assists, but earned one on a Ray Allen jumper with less than three minutes left in the game.
- James ended the game with 36 points on 11-of-20 shooting, also going 12-of-13 from the line.