The Indiana Pacers beat the Miami Heat 90-84 at their home court in Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Tuesday night.
The Pacers moved to 19-3 with that win, meaning they are currently top of the NBA. The Heat are 16-6 now and second in the Eastern conference.
This year's Pacers already made some history by starting the season 10-0 on their home court, which is the first time in the franchise history.
Miami started the game strong, and led the whole first half, but the post-move basket by David West and Lance Stephenson's three at the end of the second quarter gave Pacers wings for the second half, where they outscored 50-37 an managed to win the game.
The turning point was Pacers' 13-5 run in the early third quarter, which gave Pacers 68-62 lead. After this run, the Pacers never looked back and didn't let Heat take the lead again.
The main reason for Indiana's win was Pacers' front court of Roy Hibbert and David West. Hibbert scored 24 points, while West scored 17 and added nine rebounds.
The tall, big and strong Pacers' front court was the reason that the last year's Eastern Conference Finals was decided after seven games.
The Heat struggled to find the answer for Pacers' big men, as their lineup was too small. It was the same situation in this game, the Heat weren't able to stop big Hibbert and West while they were in the paint.
After the last season, the Heat were desperately looking to bolster their front court, especially for the strong post defense, and trying to add true center to their lineup.
They found one in Greg Oden, but a 25-year old veteran already missed the maturity of the games due to injuries.
So the Heat stuck with a small lineup, and even though they have great players on the roster, teams like the Pacers will always have a lot of chances to beat them, since smaller players will guard opponent's big men.
Pacers' star Paul George was shut down in the first half, scoring just two points, but exploded in the second half and scored 15 to finish the game with total of 17 points.
On the other side, both of the Heat's superstars LeBron James and Dwayne Wade also scored 17 points.
LeBron had great first half, but didn't manage to continue his great play in the second half, which also led to bad field goal percentage (37.5%).
Wade decided to play despite the injury, and probably gave his best at the moment, as he's currently not in the shape he would wanted to.
After this game, we can really looking forward to the next clash of these two teams, which will be a week from their latest game against each other. They will be playing on December 18th at American Airlines Arena in Miami.
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