For the second consecutive year, the Miami Heat won a pivotal Game 3 matchup against the Indiana Pacers. Miami won both times in the face of a raucous capacity crowd after losing Game 2 and its coveted home-court advantage.
But unlike the previous two games in this series, which featured two nail-biting finishes, the Heat left little doubt as to which team was superior. Miami raced out to a 14-point halftime advantage, then buried the young Pacers in the second half for an 18-point victory.
Now, the Heat hold a 2-1 series lead with an even more important Game 4 looming on Tuesday. Let us examine five trends from Game 3 that will continue into Game 4.