Miami wins series 4-2 (Game 2 of 6)

Miami wins series 4-2

Game 1: Sunday, May 18th
Game 2: Tuesday, May 20th
Game 3: Saturday, May 24th
Game 4: Monday, May 26th
Game 5: Wednesday, May 28th
Game 6: Friday, May 30th

Heat 87

(54-28, 22-19 away)

Pacers 83

(56-26, 35-6 home)

    Coverage: ESPN/WatchESPN

    8:30 PM ET, May 20, 2014

    Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIA 20 21 21 2587
    IND 21 16 26 2083

    Top Performers

    Mia: L. James 22 Pts, 7 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Stl, 3 Blk

    Ind: L. Stephenson 25 Pts, 6 Reb, 7 Ast

    Heat-Pacers Preview

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- LeBron James is ready to help the Miami Heat get even against the Indiana Pacers.

    After spending Sunday night and Monday morning sifting through Sunday's Game 1 loss, the Heat are ready to start over in Game 2 on Tuesday night.

    The changes start with James.

    "My approach is the same every game, try to put pressure on the defense, try to get to the free-throw line to help us win," James said. "I got to the rim, I got my shots going, but I've got to do a little more, too."

    While Heat coach Erik Spoelstra acknowledged the tape was every bit as bad as it looked in person, he didn't drop any hints about what might change.

    To the Pacers, that means one thing: Expect James to do even more than he usually does. Nobody understands that better than Paul George.

    Over the past two years, these teams have met 15 times with George has usually drawing the seemingly impossible task of defending James.

    He's seen it happen up close -- as James got past him for the winning shot in Game 1 of last year's conference finals -- and from afar, such as last week when James almost single-handedly sent Miami past Brooklyn with 49 points in Game 4.

    "He (James) will shoulder everything. I think he's going to be much more aggressive with the ball," George said.

    "I think he's going to be looking to make more plays, looking to shoot more shots and really looking to get guys going. It's going to be a tough night for me, but that's part of the league."

    James' ability to do it all is a big reason the Heat haven't lost back-to-back playoff games since the 2012 conference finals against Boston, a span of 39 postseason games, though that wasn't the focus Monday.

    The Pacers embrace the challenge of trying to take a 2-0 lead.

    If they can protect their home court Tuesday, they'll have a 2-0 lead over the two-time defending champs when the series shifts to Miami for Games 3 and 4.

    Miami has a lot to work on.

    In Game 1, the Heat made just 6 of 23 3-pointers, allowed the Pacers to shoot 51.5 percent from the field, grabbed just four offensive rebounds and sent the Pacers to the free-throw line 37 times.

    All-Star center Roy Hibbert, who had struggled from February through April before waking up against Washington, continued to hurt the Heat inside as he did last year.

    The Heat were so bad, they never led and never even had a chance to tie the score after the first 40 seconds.

    "We don't really care about what's happened in the past," Spoelstra said. "We understand the urgency of a response for tomorrow night."

    Obviously, James wants to make sure there's no repeat Tuesday night.

    "We cleaned a lot of things up today and we're ready for tomorrow," James said. "You just go in with the mindset that it's a must-win and we go at it tomorrow."

    What else can the Heat do?

    Spoelstra may have provided a glimpse into one possible adjustment when he replaced Shane Battier with Udonis Haslem to start the second half. That change was intended to give Miami more heft inside against Hibbert, David West and the rest of Indiana's big bodies.

    Spoelstra wouldn't say whether he would replace Battier with Haslem in the starting lineup or whether center Greg Oden might be activated in Game 2.

    Miami, too, is trying to defy recent history.

    The home team has eight straight and 13 of the past 15 in this rivalry, which is one reason the Pacers placed such great emphasis on earning the No. 1 seed.

    But George knows it's going to take a lot more than home-court advantage to contend with James & Co. after a loss.

    "We know we're playing against the champions, the two-time champions," George said.

    "We know they're going to come out and make adjustments. Everything we did (Sunday) has got to be that much more in Game 2 in order for us to move on."


    Research Notes

    With the Heat on the brink of falling behind 2-0.... LeBron James hasn't faced a 2-0 series deficit as a member of the Heat, but he did on 4 occasions with the Cavaliers, rebounding to win the series once.
    Sunday's offensive outburst against the Heat marked the 3rd time that the Pacers have had 6 players in double figures under Frank Vogel in the playoffs. Each time it was in Game 1 of that particular series. Indiana had a combined total of 7 players in double figures in the two Game 2s following those Game 1 performances.
    If the Heat choose to get Chris Andersen and Chris Bosh on the court together for more size, it's a combination that has worked in the past against the Pacers. Over the last 2 seasons, including playoffs, the Heat have outscored the Pacers by 25 points in 80 minutes with the duo on the court together, while getting outscored by 9 points with 1 or both of them off the court.
    Paul George went 1 of 11 in the 1st half Tuesday against the Heat. That's tied for George's worst shooting performance in a half (minimum 10 FGA). He's gone 1 of 11 twice before, most recently on Feb. 7 against the Trail Blazers.
    The Heat have not lost the first two games of a playoff series since 2010. Their streak of 14 consecutive playoff series without falling behind 2-0 is the fourth-longest for any team in a best-of-7 series in postseason history (ELIAS).
    LeBron James and Dwyane Wade combined to shoot 9-of-12 in the fourth quarter, scoring 22 points, two more than Pacers had as a team. - James had 24 touches in the fourth quarter of Game 2 after averaging 13 touches in the first three quarters of the game. James scored or assisted on 17 of the Heat's 25 fourth-quarter points. The 24 touches were tied for his most in a fourth quarter this postseason. - Wade was 5-of-5 from the field in the fourth quarter of his field goal attempts in the fourth quarter, with four of those attempts coming inside the paint. Only four of Wade's 11 attempts in the first three quarter were inside the paint. - James and Wade combined to go 5-of-7 with 12 points in clutch time (last 5 minutes, score within five). The Pacers shot 0-of-3 in clutch time as a team Tuesday with no points.
    The Heat were much more sound against the Pacers' pick-and-roll offense in Game 2 compared to Game 1. They forced twice as many turnovers on Indy's pick-and-roll in Game 2 than in the series opener.
    With Lance Stephenson fined $5,000 by NBA for flopping, it is worth noting that he was 1 of 6 players cited TWICE for flopping during the regular season, joining Corey Brewer, Mario Chalmers, James Harden, Brandon Jennings and P.J. Tucker. That was tied for the most in the NBA this season. He received one warning and one fine.
    The Heat were able to convert on drives in the second half Tuesday, finishing when the driver kept the ball (4-6 FG) and making open shots when the driver passed it (5-6 FG). In the first six quarters of the series, the Heat struggled to finish their drives, making 8-of-25 attempts on such plays. LeBron 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 one of his drives in the series entering the second half.
    The Heat drove to the basket 10 times in the first quarter after doing so 21 times in all of Game 1. However, the Heat shot 2 of 7 on their first quarter drives.
    In addition to slowing the pick-and-roll, the Heat got big contributions from Chris Andersen on the defensive end of the floor. They outscored the Pacers by 25 points in 29 minutes with Andersen on the court, holding the Pacers to 29.3% from the floor, including 3-of-12 on shots attempted inside 5 feet.
    LeBron James had at least 22 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists in a playoff game for the 23rd time in the last four postseasons on Tuesday. Since James arrived in Miami, that's 12 more such games than the next closest player, Russell Westbrook.

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