Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Top stats to know: Heat 87, Pacers 83
By ESPN Stats & Information
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade made sure that the Miami Heat would not drop two straight games to the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference finals.
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade made some key shots late in the Heat's win.
The Heat won their 11th straight game following a postseason loss, rallying to beat the Pacers in Game 2.
The Heat are 9-1 in playoff games immediately following a double-digit loss in the “big three” era. In this game, they closed Indiana out with a 15-8 run.
James and Wade finish strong
James and Wade combined to shoot 9-of-12 in the fourth quarter of Game 2, scoring 22 points. The Pacers scored 20 points as a team in the fourth quarter.
James had 24 touches in the fourth quarter of Game 2 after averaging 13 touches in the first three quarters. James scored or assisted on 17 of the Heat’s 25 fourth-quarter points.
Wade went 5-of-5 from the field in the fourth quarter, with four of those attempts coming inside the paint. Only four of Wade’s 11 attempts in the first three quarters were inside the paint.
James and Wade combined to go 5-of-7 with 12 points in clutch time (last five minutes, score within five). The Pacers shot 0-of-3 in clutch time as a team Tuesday with no points.
Unsung hero: Chris Andersen
The Heat outscored the Pacers by 25 points in Chris Andersen’s 28 minutes, 30 seconds on the floor for the Heat.
The Pacers shot 29 percent (12 for 41) with Andersen on the floor in the game, including 3-of-12 on shots from inside five feet.
Heat key: Finishing off drives
The Heat were able to finish off drives in the second half Tuesday, finishing when the drivers kept (4-of-6) and making open shots off drive-and-kicks (5-of-6).
The Heat were a combined 8-of-25 on drives in the first six quarters of the series.
James helped key the turnaround for the Heat. James looked to pass off his drives in the second half, picking up four assists on his five drives. James had passed on only one of his drives in the series entering the second half.
The Game 3 winner of a tied best-of-seven series goes on to win the series 76 percent of the time.