This weekend, the Miami Heat took a 2-1 lead over the Indiana Pacers. Game two on Friday was a back-to-back game between the two teams that came down to the wire. Paul George and LeBron James made two monstrous shots before halftime and even traded a congratulatory hi-five. The score was very close throughout the whole game and came down to the last few seconds. It seemed that the Heat would win, but James had two crucial turnovers that caused the Pacers win, tying the series 1-1.
Roy Hibbert ended the game with a double-double (29 points, 10 rebounds) and James had a playoff-high 36 points. Chris Andersen also had a perfect scoring game, going 2-2 from the field and 3-3 from the free throw line.
While the Heat did play well, it seems that the Pacers did not play at their usual high level. They shot well from the outside, but had trouble shooting from the field. Their defense lacked its usual intensity, giving up 52 points in the paint. The Pacers also ended with 11 team turnovers. It seemed that the young team could not get going.
George was unable to guard James as well as he has in past times. He also was not very effective on the offensive end, going 3-10 from the field.
The Pacers are looking to tie the series tomorrow (Tuesday) at home before they head back to Miami.
The San Antonio Spurs are also on the verge of sweeping the Memphis Grizzlies as they are up three games to none. Many believed that the series would be closer, especially with big men Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol. However, the Spurs have found ways around them. On Saturday, the Spurs beat Memphis 104-93 in Memphis.
The Grizzlies came out strong, ending the first quarter up by 16, but the Spurs were able to cut the Memphis lead to four by the end of the first half.
Mike Conley played a good game. His five steals and 20 points accounted for much of the Grizzlies’ early lead. However, his five turnovers helped the Spurs stay in the game.
The game ultimately came down to a missed free throw by Tony Allen and missed shot by Conley, forcing overtime.
Tim Duncan, once again, played a vital role in overtime play. He assisted in or scored half of the shots made by the Spurs.
The Grizzlies look to avoid a sweep tonight in Memphis for game four. The game will be aired on ESPN at 9 p.m. ET.