Basket-ball NBA Finals, Eastern Conference: Indiana stifles Miami

446551-may-18-2014-indianapolis-in-usa-miami-heat-guard-dwyane-wade-3-attemptReeling from the beginning of the playoffs, Indiana showed another face that night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. It is an Indianapolis franchise that put on its coat of the first phase of the regular season to receive the Miami Heat at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Buoyed by their five major with double figures -with a minimum of 15 points- the Pacers gave a collective lesson to the double defending champions beaten 107-96.

Under the leading duo Paul George-George Hill, Indiana with good ball movement alternates the game both inside and outside to lead 7-0 of entry. With a good form at shooting (60%) the Pacers maintain the pace and dominated the first period, 55-45 (30-24 Q1 and 25-21 Q2).

After the break, LeBron James (25 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists) and Dwyane Wade (27 points, 4 assists) fail to lift the Heat over the Eastern Conference. Teammates of Ian Mahinmi (0 pt, 1 rebound, 1 block in 9 minutes) will even count up to 19 point lead in the third quarter time (81-62). James and Chris Andersen (14 points off the bench), restored a semblance of life for Floridians by reducing the gap; 83-70 at the start of the last act. With a Chris Bosh conspicuously absent (9 points to 4/12 shooting), the Heat bow 107-96 and find themselves beaten for the first time in these playoffs. Paul George (24 points, 7 rebounds) and co concluded their show at 51% shooting and 23 assists.

The reaction of the champions or the confirmation of the recovery of partners of Roy Hibbert (19 pts , 9 rebounds, 3 assists) will be held in two days, still at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse.


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