After so much media attention and speculation that Wednesday night was going to be the end of the road for Indiana Pacers, Frank Vogel's men responded in incredible fashion silencing the critics to record a 93-90 victory against Miami Heat at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
"My message to the whole team was the light needs to be on green for all of us. You need to go, you need to attack, you need to be aggressive. Paul took it and ran with it and took it to a crazy level."
Paul George had an outstanding game scoring 37 points in 45 minutes of play as the small forward was influential in the Pacers' fight-back.
Heat meanwhile are in a tough position now; having dominated at home Erik Spoelstra's team have to gather themselves for game six and continue the positive mind-set knowing one more win will secure them a Finals place.
LeBron James spoke to ESPN after the game and considering the small forward only scored seven points for Miami whilst playing 24 minutes, he stated his main focus to gaining the victory and move on from this set back.
"I'm just here to play basketball, man. All the extracurricular activities, I don't really get into. I'm just trying to win. We need one more win to get to the Finals. That's my only concern"
Heat got off to a poor start with the hosts taking the first quarter 22-16; George scoring six points, while for Heat Chris Bosh managed five in eight minutes of play.
In the second period the visitors bounced back to some effect winning the quarter 26-11; Ray Allen scored ten after making four of his seven attempted field goals with Dywane Wade adding eight.
Luis Scola recorded six for the Pacers, but heading in to half-time Spoelstra's men had a nine point lead at 42-33 as Vogel's team were eying an early exit.
But the Pacers responded in style taking the third period 31-15; George hitting double figures with a solid ten with David West adding seven.
Rashard Lewis managed to score six for the visitors with Allen converting five.
Heading into the final quarter Vogel's team bounced back to take a seven point lead with 12 minutes to play at 64-57.
However Heat were up for the fight, but just finished short of the line considering a 22-29 win in the fourth; again Bosh had to take centre-stage scoring 11 points with Dwyane Wade adding eight.
But George was in top form and showed the Pacers' fans what they have been missing as the small forward recorded 21 points converting eight out of his ten attempted field goals, and three of his five three pointers attempts.
If Indiana keep up this momentum heading into game six they are in a sure position to tie the series and cause Miami big problems as this win has opened up the Eastern final to a possible game seven tie breaker.
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