The Miami Heat’s dynamic duo of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade was too much to handle for the Indiana Pacers, scoring a combined 49 points to lead the Heat to a 99-87 win in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 24 in South Beach, Miami. The Heat now leads the Pacers, 2-1, in the best-of-seven series.
James scored a game-high 26 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the field; he also finished with seven assists and five rebounds. Wade made 9-of-16 shots from the field for 23 points, including five points scored in the fourth quarter.
Miami’s third future Hall of Famer, veteran guard Ray Allen, came off the bench to score 16 points and was a perfect 4-of-4 from the three-point line.
Indiana held the lead throughout most of the first half of the game and was up, 44-38, at halftime. But Miami caught fire in the third quarter, scoring 33 points in the period alone to take a 71-64 lead into the fourth quarter. Miami outscored Indiana, 28-24, in the final period to hold on to the series-leading win.
Four of the Pacers’ starting five scored double-digits in points, but the highest scorer was swingman Paul George with only 17 points. Center Roy Hibbert had 16 points and guard Lance Stevenson had a double-double of 10 points with 11 rebounds.
Miami will host Game 4 of the series on Monday, May 26.