Saturday, May 25, 2013
George, Hibbert get better of James
By ESPN Stats & Information
The Indiana Pacers were able to finish the job against the Miami Heat this time, knotting their Eastern Conference finals series at a game apiece.
It was a contest that appeared to be headed toward an ending similar to that of Game 1. But this time it was the Pacers who came through and LeBron James who did not. Here's a look at some of the key stats we tracked from Indiana's victory.
Plays of the game: The turnovers
James had two turnovers in the game’s final minute, which is extremely unusual for him.
This was the first postseason game in his career in which he had two turnovers in the game’s final 60 seconds.
In 125 previous playoff games, James had turned the ball over only seven times in the final minute of the fourth quarter or overtime.
Roy Hibbert was on the court when James drove into the lane and turned the ball over with eight seconds remaining. James has one basket and four turnovers on drives to the basket in which Hibbert is on the floor in these two games. When Hibbert is off the court, James has four baskets (on five shots) and no turnovers on drives to the hoop.
James finished with three assists and five turnovers. The last time he had more turnovers than assists in a game was March 27 against the Chicago Bulls, a 101-97 loss that snapped the Heat’s 27-game winning streak.
Inside the James-George matchup
James was 10-of-14 shooting against Paul George in Game 2 with 25 points, but was unable to score against him in the final 2:43.
James is shooting 18-of-31 (58 percent) against George in the series.
On the other end, George shot 6-of-7 against James with 16 points in Game 2. He’s actually been better against James than James has been against him through the first two games of this series.
The chart on the right shows how each has performed in that matchup.
Hibbert’s offensive impact
Hibbert finished with 29 points, one shy of his career high, and scored a postseason career-high 20 paint points in Game 2, with five of his 10 paint field goals as the pick-and-roll man.
Hibbert finished with 14 points as the pick-and-roll man Friday, including two baskets in the final five minutes of the fourth quarter.
Hibbert is only the second Pacers player to have at least 29 points and 10 rebounds in a playoff game. Jermaine O’Neal did it twice, in 2002 and 2006.