Heat's "Big Three" overwhelm Pacers

Heat's "Big Three" overwhelm Pacers

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Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) drives on Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger (33) during the second quarter of their NBA basketball game in Indianapolis February 15, 2011. Credit: Reuters/Brent Smith
INDIANAPOLIS | Wed Feb 16, 2011 12:27am EST
INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) – The Miami Heat’s “Big Three” combined to score 90 points and lead their team to a 110-103 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Thursday. The Heat, led by Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh, threatened to run away with the game early but needed a fourth-quarter rally after giving up a 22-point first quarter lead. “We’re very good going down the stretch in winning time,” said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. “That said, we need to push for a championship-level consistency.” Wade scored 22 of his 41 points in the first quarter to help build a 41-19 lead, while James scored 10 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter and Chris Bosh added 22 points. The Pacers, however, put together two extended runs in the second quarter to outscore the Heat 35-17 and pull within four points at halftime. They then managed to build a five-point lead during the third quarter, but faded down the stretch and made just one field goal over the final 4:30. Roy Hibbert led the Pacers with 18 points while Tyler Hansbrough scored 16 and Paul George scored 14 off the bench. The Pacers bench players outscored the starters 53-50 and were instrumental in the second quarter comeback scoring 26 points. “Seems like there is one quarter every game where the other team takes us out of what we’re trying to do,” said James. “Sunday in Boston, it was the third quarter. Tonight, it was the second quarter. What we did in the fourth quarter is what we do. We just need to be more consistent.” (Reporting by Mike Mouat in Windsor, Ontario; Editing by Greg Stutchbury)]]]]> ]]>