This series was expected to put on a show, and so far, it has lived up to the hype. Both games have gone to the wire, with both teams splitting the series in Miami. Now with the series heading to Indiana, the next two match-ups should be tighter than ever.
The first game of the series was extremely close all the way through. The lead went back and forth between each team. LeBron James played as expected and Paul George and Roy Hibbert stepped up as well. The game was so tight that it led to the first overtime game of the playoffs for the Miami Heat. It was still tight in overtime. Paul George hit a three-pointer that seemed to have sealed the deal, giving the Pacers a 102-101 lead with 2.2 seconds left in overtime. But the Heat responded, very quickly. Miami inbounded the ball and put it in the hands of LeBron, who laid it in at the buzzer to give the Miami Heat the 103-102 victory in game 1 of the series. Much controversy was then brought about concerning Pacers’ head coach Frank Vogel’s decision to have big man Roy Hibbert on the bench at such a crucial time of the game. Many debate that Hibbert would have been able to shut LeBron down as he attempted to sink in the lay-up.
Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals showed much of the same compared to the first. It was tight all the way through the end. David West and Roy Hibbert stepped up big in this second game of the series. Hibbert scored a total of 29 points for the Pacers. West was able to force two crucial turnovers by LeBron James. One of these turnovers was on an attempted pass by James to Ray Allen with 43 seconds remaining in the game. The final score of the game was 97-93, with the Pacers earning the victory.
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