Indiana survives game six Saturday, defeating the Heat 91-77 in Indianapolis.
Both Paul George and Roy Hibbert went full force as usual. Hibbert dominated on the inside on both ends of the court, earning him another double-double (24 points, 11 rebounds). David West also played a major part in rebounding (he ended the game with 14 rebounds).
All of the Pacers’ pieces were in gear and played hard to avoid premature elimination. Their inside game, which includes Hibbert, West and Tyler Hansbrough, contributed to Indiana’s win. They were able to outscore the Heat 16-0 in the paint during the third quarter and outscored them in the paint by 22 overall.
The Pacers also ended the game scoring 50 percent from the field and 55 percent from the three-point line.
George also played a dynamic game, finishing with 28 points and eight rebounds. Normally, LeBron James guards George, but in this game, James was guarding the front court. As a result, Dwyane Wade was in charge of guarding George, which worked in favor of the Pacers.
With Wade on him, George made five out of seven shots, adding 13 points to the scoreboard. When James was defending him, however, George was only able to make one out of four of his shots.
Despite their high three-point shooting percentage, the Heat did not play a good game. James, once again, had to go back to his days in Cleveland, but this time, it was not a good thing.
Although he ended with 29 points, seven rebounds and six assists, every other player on the team scored 10 or fewer points. Their shooting percentage was the lowest of all season at 36 percent.
The other two parts of Miami’s “Big Three” (Wade and Chris Bosh) shot 4-19 combined to make up 15 points.
Indiana was able to extend the series for a game seven, which will be played tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET on TNT in Miami.
Other notable NBA moments from this weekend:
- Roy Hibbert was fined $75,ooo for comments he made during the post game interview on Saturday night. He called members of the media “mother f**kers” and used the phrase, “no homo” after describing LeBron James’ style of guarding him. The next day, Hibbert released an apology, regarding the ‘homophobic’ comments he made. Later that day, the NBA fined Hibbert $75,000 for his behavior.
- Clippers forward Grant Hill retired Saturday after 19 seasons in the NBA. He announced his decision during Inside the NBA’s pregame show. Hill was drafted third overall in 1994 by the Detroit Pistons. Throughout his career, he played with the Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns and ended on the Los Angeles Clippers.