Miami Heat had a poor start to the series losing in Indiana in the first game before tying the series at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse to take an advantage back to their home town, and the Heat players didn't disappoint winning game three on Saturday night 99-87 at the American Airlines Arena.
Currently sitting with a 2-1 lead in the NBA Conference playoff final, Erik Spoelstra knows that if his side win the next game on Monday night they'll be in a very commanding position heading back to Indiana on Wednesday.
Spoelstra has now recorded his four wins in seven games against Frank Vogel's team this season and after the game three the Heat coach spoke to ESPN and stated that it will always be a tough encounter against Indiana no matter how many times they play them.
"A lot of our situations that we've been through where we've struggled have been against this team. That's what they do to you. They're very good. It's a function of their defence."
Frank Vogel on the other hand will want his team to bounce back from their slip up, they showed their ability at the start of the series by clinching game one, but since then having had the quality to see out another result.
After the game Vogel spoke to ESPN, and commented that defeat was bad luck for his team and that it was always going to be difficult coming to Miami.
"Tough loss for our guys. Thought we competed pretty well, came out of the gates really strong, got off to a good start and then didn't manage picking up their defensive intensity well."
The first quarter started off in the favour of the visitors, winning the first period 21-14.
Roy Hibbert managed ten points in 12 minute scoring four of his six attempted field goals with David West adding seven.
Heat couldn't get started at LeBron James scored four points for the hosts considering the small forward played the full period.
But Miami bounced back to take the second quarter 24-21, Dwyane Wade converted eight points with James adding six and Norris Cole putting five on the board.
Indiana meanwhile kept their lead intact heading in at half-time at 42-38 as both Lance Stephenson and Luis Scola scored eight points to gain a four point lead.
The fight back before half-time gave Heat hope heading into the third, and the momentum continued with Spoelstra's side winning the quarter 33-22.
James scored 12 points with Wade adding ten as Heat finally showed their dominance and top form, while for the Pacers George Hill scored five points with Hibbert adding four.
Spoelstra's men turned it round heading into the final period as the hosts had a seven point lead at 71-64, and in the final quarter their dominance shone once again, winning the period 28-23.
Ray Allen pulled it out of the bag to record 13 points in 11 minutes of play; scoring four out of his five attempted field goals and all four attempted three pointers.
While for the Vogel's side Paul George led a hearted charge, but it wasn't enough even though the small forward scored 11 points.
Game four will be at the American Airlines Arena, a stadium to which the Pacers haven't won this season, but they'll be looking to change that record to keep a foothold in the play-off final.
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