Pacers vs. Heat: Game 3 Score and Twitter Reaction from 2014 NBA Playoffs

May 24th, 2014 by Tim Keeney Leave a reply »

The Miami Heat grabbed a crucial Game 3 win Saturday night, knocking off the Indiana Pacers, 99-87, to take a 2-1 series lead in the Eastern Conference Finals. 

LeBron James (26 points, seven assists, five rebounds, four steals) and Dwyane Wade (23 points, three steals) led the way for Erik Spoelstra's team, but veteran Ray Allen dropped the hammer with four three-pointers in the final period to seal the win. 

Indiana led by as many as 15 in the second quarter, but as's John Schuhmann pointed out, the Heat went on an absolute rampage in the second half:

Miami turned swarming defense (19 turnovers for Indiana) into an unstoppable offense, shooting 54.4 percent from the field and 55.6 percent from beyond the arc.  

The first half was defined by sloppy play—something that James actually foreshadowed when speaking with reporters following Miami's Game 2 win:

It's not going to be pretty. Not in the Eastern Conference. It's never pretty basketball in the Eastern Conference. It's about who can sustain runs. You know, who can get defensive stops? ...

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