Tuesday, June 19, 2018
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Pacers rout Heat for 2-1 series lead

INDIANAPOLIS — When it was over, when he missed his final shot, when he lost the ball a final time, when he finished yelling at his coach, Heat guard Dwyane Wade sat at his locker and framed Thursday's game in two words.

"Bad night," he said.

The worst first half of his playoff career, he was told.

"Made history," he said.

He didn't smile at his joke. He didn't react at all. He sat with his arms crossed in a silent locker room at a stunning crossroad after Indiana's 94-75 win in Game 3, giving the Pacers a 2-1 lead in the series.

Roy Hibbert had 19 points and 18 rebounds, George Hill scored 20 and Danny Granger 17 for the Pacers.

LeBron James scored 22 — 16 in the first half before wearing down — and Mario Chalmers added 25 for Miami. Wade scored five on 2-of-13 shooting.

Is Wade hurt?

"No," he said.

Was he lacking confidence?

"Offensively, I didn't have it going. No secret about it."

When coach Erik Spoelstra tried to talk to him in a time-out huddle Wade yelled at him in no uncertain terms to stay away.

"I don't even remember what you're talking about," Wade said afterward.

Spoelstra dismissed it: "That was during a very emotional part of the game. We were getting our butt kicked. There's going to be a lot of times where guys say something, you don't like it. You get over it and you move on."

"It's obvious he wasn't himself." James said of Wade. "Does he want to play better? Of course. He's one of the best players in the world."

With the raucous crowd wearing "Gold Swagger" T-shirts and chanting "Beat the Floppers," Indiana outscored Miami 51-32 in the second half, making big shots, challenging everything the Heat put up and not backing down from a team that appeared on the way to the Finals.

In the second half, Indiana forward David West flung James to the floor in the lane, and Granger later got in James' face after a foul on a breakaway.

Behind Miami's bench, owner Micky Arison and president Pat Riley looked on in disbelief.

"This is who we've been all year. We're a balanced team … not two guys trying to create all the time," Pacers coach Frank Vogel said.

MIAMI (75): Battier 0-7 0-0 0, James 10-22 1-3 22, Pittman 0-2 0-0 0, Chalmers 10-15 4-4 25, Wade 2-13 1-2 5, Anthony 2-2 6-6 10, Miller 2-3 0-0 6, Cole 0-1 0-0 0, J.Jones 1-6 0-0 2, Turiaf 2-3 1-3 5, Haslem 0-2 0-0 0, Harris 0-1 0-0 0, Howard 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 29-78 13-18 75.

INDIANA (94): Granger 6-15 2-2 17, West 5-13 4-4 14, Hibbert 9-16 1-2 19, Hill 6-8 5-5 20, George 3-6 2-2 9, Barbosa 0-3 0-0 0, Amundson 0-0 1-2 1, Collison 2-7 3-4 7, Hansbrough 1-4 0-0 2, D.Jones 1-3 2-2 5, Pendergraph 0-0 0-0 0, Price 0-0 0-0 0, Stephenson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 33-76 20-23 94.

Miami 26 17 12 20— 75

Indiana 17 26 26 25— 94

3-Point GoalsMiami 4-20 (Miller 2-3, Chalmers 1-1, James 1-4, Harris 0-1, Wade 0-2, J.Jones 0-3, Battier 0-6), Indiana 8-14 (Hill 3-4, Granger 3-6, D.Jones 1-2, George 1-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMiami 42 (Turiaf 8), Indiana 58 (Hibbert 18). AssistsMiami 9 (Chalmers 5), Indiana 20 (Hill 5). Total FoulsMiami 21, Indiana 20. TechnicalsGranger, West. A18,165 (18,165).

Spurs go up 2-0: Tony Parker scored 22 on his 30th birthday, Tim Duncan had 18 and host San Antonio beat the fading Clippers 105-88, pushing the Spurs' winning streak to 16 and taking a 2-0 lead in their West semifinal. Chris Paul responded to his awful Game 1 with only a slightly better encore, scoring 10 as the Clippers head home desperate to steer out of what's starting to get the feel of a sweep.

Late Wednesday, lakers-thunder: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant focused on the positives of Wednesday's loss when Los Angeles blew a late seven-point lead and fell 77-75 at the Thunder, digging a 2-0 hole in the series. Los Angeles hosts back-to-back games starting tonight. "It's a tough loss, yes, but the biggest thing for us is that we found some things out defensively that we feel like we can do that's effective," he said. "They did a great job. It was a great comeback by them. They got themselves a gritty win. Now it's on us to go back home and protect our home court."

Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks was excited about the resilience of his young team, which is 6-0 in the postseason after holding the Lakers to four points in the final 6:43.

"You have to have confidence in it, but you can't become complacent and cocky with it,'' Brooks said. "They're going to throw a lot of things at us, and you have to be prepared."

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