Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - The Miami Heat raced out and stayed ahead
on the day the Indiana Pacers honored the Indianapolis 500.
LeBron James led the way in Miami's franchise-record 70-point first half, and
the Heat pulled away to down the Pacers, 114-96, in Game 3 of the Eastern
After two closely contested battles in Miami, the Heat used crisp-and-clean
ball movement to jump out to a 14-point first-half lead on 63 percent shooting
(27-of-43). James netted 18 points on a 7-of-11 clip from the field in the
opening 24 minutes.
Udonis Haslem added 13 first-half points on 6-of-7 from the floor, while Chris
Bosh poured in 12 and Dwyane Wade chipped in 10 before Miami headed into the
The Heat, who took a 2-1 series edge, stayed unbeaten on the road during the
postseason while handing the Pacers their first home playoff loss.
Indiana, which will host Game 4 on Tuesday, checkered Bankers Life Fieldhouse
with white and navy blue shirts.
James finished with 22 points total for Miami, which held a commanding 52-36
points in the paint edge and committed a playoff franchise-low five turnovers.
Wade recorded 18 points and eight assists in the triumph.
Roy Hibbert had 20 points and 17 rebounds for the Pacers, who had a 2-1 series
lead in last season's Eastern Conference semifinals against the Heat before
dropping three straight.
David West registered 21 points and 10 boards in defeat. Paul George had 13
points on just 3-of-10 shooting to go along with eight assists.
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