Miami ease past Indiana after a LeBron James third quarter blitz.
The Miami Heat have run out comfortable 11-point winners in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals to take a 3-2 series lead.
LeBron James starred scoring 30 points off 13 of 26 shooting, along with eight rebounds.
Miami went into the second half four points down, but James turned up the heat collecting 16 of his 30 points in the third quarter to give Miami a 13 point lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade combined for just 17 points leaving Udonis Haslem and Mario Chalmers to pick up the slack.
Haslem scored 16 points from impressive 8 of 9 shooting while Chalmers added 12 points with six assists.
Miami coach Erik Spoelstra was impressed with his teams determination and aggression in the second half:
“Well, that’s playoff competition at its best. The second half we played much more aggressively and committed to our identity and was able to take that through to the end.”
Paul George led the way for the Pacers with 27 points and 11 rebounds while centre Roy Hibbert added 22 points to the tally.
The Pacers only scored 13 points from outside their frontcourt off Hibbert, George and David West.
Chris Andersen has continued his hot shooting, taking his series tally to 15 of 15 from the field and including games prior to the Indiana series Andersen has scored 18 consecutive shots.
Andersen started the spark for the Heat’s win when he illegally bumped then pushed Indiana’s Tyler Hansbrough, resulting in an eruption from players and the crowd.
The sentence for Andersen was a flagrant-1 foul, Andersen didn’t seem phased as he proceeded to keep the crowd on their feet, blocking Hansbrough’s next attempted shot.
Dwayne Wade still looks to be carrying a suspected injury as the star has been kept below 20 points for 11 straight games.
Game 6 will be played in Indianapolis Saturday night at 8:30 pm (Sunday 10am Central Australian time.)
Written by James Hetherington