If Miami made one more “winning” play in Game 1, as LeBron James put it, then Indiana made two in Game 2. In a contest that featured a number of offensive runs by both teams, and some spectacular plays by the stars, it came down to turnovers and defense once again. LeBron James turned the ball over twice in the final minute, having his passes deflected by David West, and the Indiana Pacers were able to steal Game 2, 97-93, and even the best-of-seven series at 1-1.
While Paul George may have had the highlight of the night when he flew over Birdman Chris Andersen for a vicious one-handed dunk, Roy Hibbert was the most important player for the Pacers. Hibbert, who was benched at the end of Game 1, dominated the entirety of Game 2, as he scored a playoff career-high 29 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
“We haven’t done anything yet,” Hibbert said after the game. “We haven’t closed the series out. We won one game. A lot of us feel we should be up 2-0.”
“It’s one of the best basketball games I’ve ever been a part of,” Indiana head coach Frank Vogel said after the game. “It wasn’t about LeBron making mistakes down the stretch. He played one of the best basketball games I’ve ever seen anybody play. We were just able to make a couple plays late in the game.”
Fittingly, those plays came on the defensive end for the best defensive team in the league.
- We got a SERIES!!!!! Tied 1-1. (thasportsjunkies101.wordpress.com)