Indiana Pacers vs. Miami Heat: Game 1 Postgame Grades and Analysis

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Indiana Pacers vs. Miami Heat: Game 1 Postgame Grades and Analysis
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What a battle in Game 1 between the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers—specifically Paul George and LeBron James down the stretch. 

It's clearly LeBron's world, and he graciously just lets us all live in it. 

The Heat won an absolute thriller in overtime, 103-102, courtesy of a LeBron game-winning layup as time expired in OT.

With the game on the line, and Roy Hibbert on the bench for some reason, LeBron drove to the bucket and silenced all the critics who still say he's not clutch. 

It was back and forth between LeBron and George during the final minute of overtime, with George scoring the final six points for the Pacers and LeBron scoring the final four for the Heat.

LeBron ended Game 1 with 30 points on 12-of-24 shooting from the field, with 10 rebounds and 10 assists—giving him his ninth playoff triple-double.

George was equally impressive, scoring 25 of his 27 points in the second half and overtime. He ended the game with 27 points, five assists and four rebounds, but he also committed six turnovers.

Game 1 certainly sets the stage for what is going to be a legendary Eastern Conference Finals, between two teams who are capable of competing with each other night in and night out.

Game 2 is set for an 8:30 p.m. ET tip on Friday night. You aren't going to want to miss any second of this series. 

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