After the Indiana Pacers captured Game 2 in Miami, the Heat rebounded in Game 3 on Sunday, going on to a 114-96 victory at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Indiana's defense didn't stand a chance.
LeBron James scored four points inside a minute to play in the first quarter to give the Heat a slight edge headed into the second, 34-30.
Miami continued its run in the second quarter, opening up a 10-point lead less than three minutes into the frame. Inside a minute to play in the second quarter, it was more of the same, as the Heat outscored the Pacers, 7-3, guided by a driving layup by Dwyane Wade, a three-pointer by Ray Allen and a 13-footer from James with one second remaining.
By the half, the Heat had seized a 70-56 lead.
The Pacers were trailing by 14 points at the half, despite shooting 50 percent from the floor and going 16-of-19 from the free-throw line. That's because they allowed the Heat to shoot 63 percent from the field while ceding 34 points in the paint.
Four different Heat players had scored in double digits by halftime, led by James (7-of-11, 18 points). On top of that, Miami only had one turnover as a team through the first 24 minutes of action.
Both teams went back and forth in the third quarter. Indiana cut the deficit down to seven points with 7:46 remaining in the frame, but wasn't ultimately able to dig into the lead by the end of the quarter. The Heat had a 91-76 advantage through 36 minutes at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
By the end of the game, the Heat had an 18-point lead. They shot 55 percent for the game, including 6-of-14 from beyond the arc. They also knocked down 24 of 28 free-throw attempts in the contest.
James finished with 22 points on 8-of-17 shooting. Wade posted 18 points, eight assists, two blocks and one steal. Udonis Haslem notched 17 points and seven rebounds.
Despite ranking first in the NBA in opponents' field-goal percentage during the regular season, the Pacers have had trouble stopping Miami's offense all season. Miami shot 50 percent against Indiana in the regular season.
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