(INDIANAPOLIS) — LeBron James scored 22 points as the Miami Heat routed the Indiana Pacers 114 to 96 to take a 2-1 series lead in the Eastern Conference finals.
“I made a conscious effort to get down in the post tonight, to put pressure on their defense,” James said. “The coaching staff wanted me to be down there tonight, and my teammates allowed me to do that.”
James being active in the post allowed Miami to outscore Indiana 56-32 in the paint. They received a boost from reserve forward Udonis Haslem, who scored 17 points on 8-of-9 shooting from the field.
All five Heat starters scored in double figures as the Heat regained home-court advantage in the best-of-seven series.
Roy Hibbert had 20 points and 17 rebounds for the Pacers, who fell to 6-1 at home in this year’s playoffs.
“He (James) was in the post doing a lot of work, and I think we have to do a better job of helping Paul out,” Hibbert said. “LeBron can’t get five or six dribbles to get a post move. … We have to make adjustments. He’s obviously a low-post threat but we have to make adjustments.”
Game 4 is Tuesday night in Indianapolis.
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