LeBron James top scores as Heat bury Pacers

Cesar Tordesillas – 4E Sports Contributor

Miami, FL, United States (4E Sports) – LeBron James scored 26 to help the Miami Heat shake off a poor start to beat the Indiana Pacers, 99-87 Saturday night at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Dwyane Wade added 23 while Ray Allen had 16 points in the second half as the Heat took a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.

The Pacers led 19-5 early before taking a 21-14 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Luis Scola scored eight points to counter 3-pointers by Norris Cole and Chris Bosh to give the Pacers a 31-20 lead.

A Rasual Butler 3-pointer put the Pacers on top 37-22 midway through the second.

But the Pacers committed six turnovers in the final 6:22 of the half, while Wade and James combined for 12 points in a 16-5 run to pull the Heat within 42-38 at halftime.

The Heat had eight unanswered points in the third to grab a 52-51 lead and ended the quarter with a 12-3 run for 71-64 advantage.

Then Ray Allen hit four 3-pointers in less than six minutes as the Heat turned a two-point advantage to a 97-82 lead with just 2:49 remaining.

Paul George scored 17, Roy Hibbert had 16 points and David West added 13 for the Pacers.

Game 4 will be held Monday in Miami.

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