Combined, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade had 23 points on 10-for-22 shooting through the first three quarters. When asked during his between-quarter interview what he expected to see from James in the fourth, Pacers coach Frank Vogel was prescient: “He’s going to try and take over.” Together with a healthy D-Wade, that’s exactly what happened on the way to a 87-83 Heat road win to even the series.
Together, the two Heat stars scored 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting in the fourth. James cut hard to the basket and ran a nice give-and-go with Birdman to take advantage of a groggy Paul George. Wade shimmied for his mid-range J, knocking down floaters and tip-ins like he has throughout his career.
A had a nice follow dunk after ‘Bron missed a layup and threw down a reverse dunk off a ‘Bron pass with under 30 seconds left to seal it; Wade finished shooting a perfect 5-for-5 in the fourth for 10 points.
The pair added four assists, some to each other, a steal and a block as they took back homecourt from the Pacers almost by themselves: they scored 22 of their team’s final 25 points and the Heat held the Pacers to just 20 fourth-quarter points.
Game 3 is on Saturday in Miami.
Who wins the Eastern Conference?
Follow Spencer on Twitter at @SpencerTyrel.
Follow Dime on Twitter at @DimeMag.
Become a fan of Dime Magazine on Facebook HERE.