It seemed that Miami Heat is not yet destined to win the Eastern Conference Finals and move to its 4th straight NBA Finals appearance as Pacers breathe another life and stayed alive for another game on Friday.
Indiana Pacers beats Miami heat in today’s Game 5, 93-90, giving them another chance to dethrone the defending champions. It was a see-saw scoring for the 2 teams as they exchange leads per quarter scoring. Indian took the 1st quarter 22-16, while Miami took the 2nd quarter 26-11. It was in the 3rd that Indiana largely outscored Heat with 16 points deficit at 31-15. Although Miami leads 4th quarter scoring 33-29, Pacers 3rd quarter showing is just enough to give them the ticket to the Game 6 of Eastern Conference finals.
Indiana’s win was led by Paul George who scored 37 points with 6 rebounds and 2 assists. David West followed in second with 19 points 9 rebounds and 2 assists also. Meanwhile, Heat superstar LeBron James seemed not into great shape as he only contributed 7 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists. It was Chris Bosch who led Miami’s scoring with his 20 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists.
Pacers was also propelled by its good fast break scoring, getting a total of 12 points compared to Miami’s 8. Indiana also beats Miami in terms of rebounds 45-38 and points in the paint, 42-22.
In a statement, Pacers’ Head Coach Frank Vogel said “I thought our whole team had a little bit of a yellow-light mentality and got hesitant a little bit when we got down. My message to the whole team was the light needs to be on green for all of us. You need to go. You need to attack. You need to be aggressive. Paul took it and ran with it to a crazy level.”
Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals is set on Friday (May 30,2014) at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.