#2 MIAMI HEAT 75 @ #3 INDIANA PACERS 94
EAST Semifinal * Game 3 * Pacers lead series, 2-1
The Bankers Life Fieldhouse crowd was into it. They roared with approval as their Pacers got off to a fast 11-2 start. But Mario Chalmers and that MVP dude quickly settled down the Heat and blasted a run of their own. They held the Pacers to six points the rest of the way as the Heat led, 26-17 after the first quarter.
It was looking more of the same when George Hill scored 9 points at the end of the second quarter. The half ended at 43-up. Then Indiana went on their usual third-quarter run as they continued to frustrate Dwyane Wade and company. Mario Chalmers tried to keep the Heat in it but Roy Hibbert just schooled the Heat all of the second half. And I can't emphasize this enough: you don't try to punk David West.
Hill led the Pacers in a balanced scoring attack with 20 points. Hibbert dominated the inside. The Heat even tried starting Dexter Pittman on him and that failed miserably. Roy Hibbert finished with 19 points, 18 boards, and 5 blocks. Chalmers had 25 points to lead the Heat. LeBron finished with 22 points while Wade shot 2 for 13 and scored a paltry FIVE points in the worst game of his playoff career.. Those 18 boards by Hibbert gave Indiana a huge 52-36 advantage on the boards.
#5 LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS 88 @ #1 SAN ANTONIO SPURS 105
WEST Semifinals * Game 2 * Spurs lead series, 2-0
The Spurs looked like they were going to make another... boring game out of this as they got off to a 27-12 start in the first. But the Clips came back by closing the quarter with a 9-2 run. San Antonio could barely make any shots behind the arc and the Clips kept chipping in. They got it down to as few as two points and they were only down by four at halftime.
Then the Spurs pretty much broke it open, especially with Danny Green hitting threes. Even though the Spurs were barely up by double digits in the third, we really didn't get the sense the Clippers were coming back with Chris Paul playing possibly HIS worst playoff game (8 turnovers in all). Then in the fourth, Tony Parker shut the door by getting into the paint repeatedly.
Parker had 22 points for the Spurs while Tim Duncan had another good game with 18 points. Blake Griffin scored 20 for the Clippers.
I hope it's more interesting tomorrow.