No letdown at home in Game 3 for Pacers
The Indiana Pacers didn’t let a victory in Miami in Game 2 cause them to return home and have a letdown.
It just motivated them even more.
The Pacers used a big third quarter to blow the Heat out 94-75 and take a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven series. The Pacers led by as many as 21 points.
Coach Frank Vogel didn’t want his team to become complacent. He wanted them to send a message to the Heat. That was done in the second half when the Pacers held the Heat to 32 points.
Just like in Game 2, the Heat got a strong game out of two players — LeBron James and Mario Chalmers — but All-Star guard Dwyane Wade wasn’t in the mix. He scored five points on 2-of-13 shooting in 37 minutes.
The Pacers, as they have done all season, got balanced scoring. George Hill scored a team-high 20 points. C Roy Hibbert added 19 points and 18 rebounds.
“We rely heavily on our depth and it certainly showed,” Pacers forward David West said. “We have guys that can come in and contribute big under any circumstances.”