Indianapolis, IN, United States (4E Sports) – Paul George scored 21 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Indiana Pacers in beating the Miami Heat, 93-90 Wednesday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
He was 12-of-19 from the field in the second half, and finished with six rebounds, six steals and five 3-pointers.
With the win, the Pacers closed in 3-2 in the Eastern Conference finals.
The Pacers raced to a 22-16 edge after the first quarter led by George’s six.
With Ray Allen scoring 10, the Heat outscored the Pacers 26-11 in the second quarter to take a 42-33 edge at halftime.
George started an 11-0 run with a layup and had a steal and a dunk to cap it and give the Pacers a 52-50 lead at 3:54 of the third.
The Pacers ended the quarter with an 12-5 burst to take a 64-57 lead to the last period.
Another dunk by George extended the Pacers lead to 77-66 early in the fourth.
But the Heat scored nine straight to make it 77-75.
Then a 3-pointer by LeBron James tied the game at 81 with 3:51 to play.
The Heat were just a point behind entering the last minute, but George’s 3-pointer doused the Heat’s last ditch effort.
Chris Bosh scored 20 points and Dwyane Wade and Rashard Lewis each had 18 to lead the Heat.
James was limited to 24 1/2 minutes because of foul trouble and finished with just seven points, two rebounds and four assists.