Indianapolis (US): Paul George scored 21 of his game-high 37 points in the fourth quarter as Indiana Pacers took advantage of a rare foul trouble for LeBron James to beat Miami Heat 93-90 and stay alive Wednesday in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
With LeBron playing just 24 minutes and scoring a postseason career-low seven points, Indiana avoided elimination and forced a Game 6 Friday in Miami.
After Miami wiped out an 11-point deficit to tie it at 81-all with over three minutes left on a LeBron three-pointer, George scored the Pacers` next eight points, including a pair of three-pointers that gave Indiana a 91-87 lead with 46 seconds left.
Miami had one last chance to tie in the closing seconds but James drove and dished to Chris Bosh, who missed a corner 3-pointer in front of the Indiana bench with 4.9 seconds remaining. George scored more points in the second half (31) than in any of the Pacers` previous six playoff games.
After going 3-for-9 and missing all four of his 3-point attempts in the first half, George was 12-for-19 in the second, going 5-for-10 from the arc. In the fourth quarter, he shot 8-for-10, including 3-for-5 from the 3-point line.
With James playing just one minute in the second quarter, Miami was nevertheless able to dominate, outscoring Indiana 26-11 to take a 42-33 halftime lead. But when James picked up two quick fouls early in the third quarter, this time the Pacers took advantage with a 20-4 run to wipe out a 48-37 deficit and take a 57-52 lead.
Indiana then opened the fourth quarter with another burst as George hit a three-pointer in front of the Miami bench, and then came up with a steal and dunk to make it 77-66 with 8:54 left. Though Miami rallied, Indiana never relinquished the lead and hung on despite missing three of five free throws in the final 15 seconds.
George finished 15-for-28 overall, 5-for-14 from the arc.
West shot 7-for-11. Rashard Lewis shot 6-for-9 from the 3-point line for Miami. He entered the game 0-for-6 from the arc in the series and 3-for-21 in the playoffs.
Ray Allen made half of his six 3-point attempts. James shot 2-for-10 and had more turnovers (three) than field goals, finishing with a postseason career-low seven points. Roy Hibbert and Stephenson both were 4-for-11.