(MIAMI) — LeBron James received his third MVP trophy before the game and then went to work on Sunday.
James scored 32 points and pulled down 15 rebounds in Miami’s 95-86 win over the Indiana Pacers in Game 1. Dwyane Wade added 29 and Chris Bosh contributed 13 but went out late in the first half with a lower abdominal injury and did not return.
“It’s unfortunate Chris went down,” Wade said. “But we told him, ‘Be healthy. We got ’em.’ “
Pacers head coach Frank Vogel accused the Heat of being the biggest floppers in the league before their Game 1 matchup.
“Definitely not our best game,” Vogel said. “We didn’t shoot it very well. … It came down to execution in the fourth quarter and you’ve got to give credit to Miami’s defense.”
David West and Roy Hibbert scored 17 apiece in the loss for Indiana. Indiana will try and even up the series on Tuesday.
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