The Indiana Pacers took control of the first Eastern Finals game and never looked back. The Pacers man handled LeBron James and the rest of the Heat and lead at the end of every quarter. Indiana was up as high as 18 points at times and the Heat couldn’t find a way to slow them down.
Paul George lead all the Pacers in scoring, he hit for 24 points and had 7 assists. Roy Hibbert used his size to stifle attempts by Chris Bosh to control the lane. Hibbert also had a great game scoring 19 points. He also had 9 rebounds and 3 assists.
The Pacers had a scary moment, when C.J. Watson was almost knock unconscious, when one of the Miami Heat players pushed Watson while he was in the air and on his way to the basket. Watson was then knocked out of bounds and landed on one of the cameramen, and ended up laying under the scoring table for a few minutes.
Miami was called for a technical and a flagrant foul, which allowed Watson to shoot and make 3 points and gave the Pacers another possession. The Heat did their usual crying to the refs about the call, which went nowhere, especially after the play was reviewed.
Indiana was too much for the Heat to handle in game one. If the Pacers can find a way to continue to play with this kind of intensity, they can take this series from Miami.
This was a great team win for Indiana. They should be proud of the way they handled themselves on the court today. They can see they are a great team of players, and they should be convinced they can win this series. Beating the Heat in game one by a score of 107-96 should give the Pacers some confidence heading into Tuesday nights game.
Indiana has to come out playing the same style of Basketball, they played today. If they do, the Heat will have trouble.
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