2012 NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Semifinals Game 1: Miami Heat 95, Indiana Pacers 86


The Eastern Conference Semifinals rolled on Sunday as the Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers faced off in Miami. The Indiana Pacers lead by 6 points going into halftime and held LeBron James to only 6 points in the first half. The Miami Heat would rally in the second half to defeat the Indiana Pacers by a score of 95-86.

When he was presented his 2012 MVP award, LeBron James said that it wasn’t the award he wanted and that the real award he wants in a NBA Finals trophy. This showed in Game 1 as LeBron James finished Game 1 with 32 points and 15 rebounds after only scoring 6 points in the first half. Dwyane Wade had 29 points of his own despite struggling from the field. Wade went 8-for-23 from the field, but went 13-for-14 from the free throw line. Miami’s Big 3 accounted for 74 of the 95 points scored in Game 1.

Chris Bosh left the game in the first half after suffering a lower abdominal injury and he did not return for the second half of Game 1. Bosh scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The Miami Heat showed that they can close out a game after outscoring the Indiana Pacers 25-16 in the fourth quarter. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade combined for 22 points in the fourth quarter to help the Miami Heat defeat the Indiana Pacers.

Game 2 will be on Tuesday in Miami before the series shifts to Indiana for Game 3 and Game 4.

The leading scorers for the Indiana Pacers were David West and Roy Hibbert with 17 points each. Roy Hibbert also had a double-double by grabbing 11 rebounds as well. Darren Collison and George Hill had 10 points each for the Indiana Pacers as well.

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