Indiana Pacers got off to a flyer in game one clinching the win while hosting Miami Heat, but Frank Vogel knew the Eastern Conference side would issue a response in game two, and this was the case as Heat beat the Pacers at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse 87-83 to tie the series.
The two-time NBA Champions needed a win to stay alive in this play-off final, as another defeat could have set them a mountain to climb. But fans had to remember this was Erik Spoelstra's team and a fight back is always on the cards.
"That's why they're the hundred million dollar guys. They're unstoppable. They make the game easy for everyone else when they're in attack mode."
Cole mentioned LeBron James and Dwyane Wade who again showed their talents in a tough encounter. James scored 22 while assisting six, and Wade hit 23 in 33 minutes.
Frank Vogel on the other hand would feel that this is an opportunity that has slipped through their fingers. Another win would have put the Pacers in a position to dominate the rest of the series, but now they are back to square one.
"We were winning the whole night. We controlled the whole game until the last couple minutes."
Hill scored 13 points on Tuesday night, and in the game the hosts took an early lead in the first quarter 21-20.
Lance Stephenson, known for his heated encounter with Wade, scored nine in nine minutes while David West added four to the score. Stephenson took the game to Miami and set an example for his teammates to follow.
Wade managed eight for Heat scoring four of his five attempted field goals but Spoelstra's men were lacking a finishing touch as out of the 20 field goals attempted by Heat only nine were converted.
In the second Heat bounced back to take the quarter 21-16. James and Wade led the charge with the small forward scoring four while the shooting guard hit five.
Pacers needed more contributors as Rasual Butler scored six; Roy Hibbert and Stephenson added four, and Stephenson scored a nice two pointer on the buzzer to give the hosts hope.
Heat turned it round just before the break to take a four-point lead heading into the third quarter at 41-37.
But the Pacers turned the tie around again, something that Spoelstra wasn't ready for, as Vogel's men took the period 26-21.
Stephenson carrying on his impressive game scoring ten points, with West contributing six and Paul George adding five to the board.
Heat meanwhile were slow out of the changing rooms, resulting in Chris Bosh managing to be the only player able to score more than five points, hitting seven, with James only managing four.
James then delivered another pep talk, as heading into the final period Heat were trailing by one point and the 29-year-old's words seemed to work wonders.
Heat came out with a fire in their step taking the fourth 25-20. James hit 12 points in 11 minutes and guard Wade added 10; with the 32-year-old converting all five of his attempted field goals.
A wasteful day for Vogel's team, but with game three taking place this Sunday, the Pacers will have time to re-think their strategy heading into the game at the American Airlines Arena.
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