LeBron James Hits Buzzer Beater to Knock Down Pacers in Game 1 May 23, 2013 09:48
The Indiana Pacers were in Miami last night to take on the Heat in the first game of the Eastern Conference Finals, and what a game it turned out to be.
The Miami Heat won the game by a single point, after LeBron James drove to the basket in overtime, with 2.2 seconds left on the clock. The final score was 103 - 102.
Watching the action back, it was the Pacers game to lose by that point. With only seconds left on the game clock in overtime, Dwayne Wade fouled Paul George on a three-point attempt. Wade fouled out of the game and George rocked up to the line and knocked down all 3 free-throws.
George had previously saved the pacers, by knocking down a 3-point shot over LeBron during regular time to send the game to OT in the first place.
A common theme throughout this game was turnovers, and sloppy ones at that. Both teams threw the ball out of bounds, made bad passes and generally fumbled the rock. Each team finished the game with 20 turnovers apiece.
Another issue for the Pacers seemed to be a sleepy defence at times. The Heat got a few easy baskets in the first quarter, when the Pacers defence failed to get back, or even realise that the Heat were already in gear and up that end of the court.
When LeBron made the final layup of the game to put Miami up by 1, there was also gapping holes in the defence, and a severe lack of an effective help defence, meaning that LeBron more or less had a clear path to the basket.
Not to say that LeBron didn't work for that win. He finished the game with a triple-double, with 30 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. He also had a couple of blocks to to that off. That was LeBron's 9th play-off triple-double.
Chris 'The Birdman' Anderson also made an impact in the game, on both the offensive and defensive ends. After only be brought into the Heat side towards the end of the season on an initial 10-day contract, he's showing that he really deserves a place on this team, and time on the court. He had 16 points in the game, along with 3 blocks, and he was a perfect 7 - 7 from the floor.
Over on the Pacers side, Paul George had a team high 27 points to go with 4 rebounds and 5 assist, but he also had a game high 6 turnovers. David West was close behind with 26 points on 11-7 shooting, but again 4 turnovers hurt the Pacers.
The two teams will meet again in Miami on Friday, and if Game 1 is anything to go by, this is going to be an awesome Eastern Conference Finals showdown.