The Miami Heat were the LeBron James and Dwyane Wade Show in Miami for Game 1 of their Eastern Conference Semifinals Series after losing Chris Bosh to an abdominal strain. In Game 3, LeBron's taken the starring role, Wade has faded into the background and the Heat and Pacers are playing each other even, going to halftime tied at 43-43.
James has 16 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals in the first half, and has had to make up for Wade's goose egg: The former NBA Finals MVP was scoreless in the first 24 minutes of a playoff game for just the third time in his career. But the Heat's bench has stepped up, getting 14 points so far, and Mario Chalmers' 15 points have been a big boost.
LeBron also threw down with his customary ferocity in the final minute of the first half.
Indiana started strong with Dexter Pittman struggling down low, then fell behind as the Heat's offense clicked in the first quarter. In the second, the Pacers got back in it, and Roy Hibbert's 12 points and George Hill's nine helped them do it.