The Miami Heat took a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference Finals on Saturday thanks to Ray Allen's hot hand, and the Heat will host the Indiana Pacers in Game 4 on Monday with a chance to get within one game of their fourth NBA Finals appearance in a row.
The Heat trailed by as many as 15 points early in Game 3 -- they only scored 14 points in the first quarter -- but Allen's 16 second-half points helped right the ship, and Miami never looked back. The Heat outscored the Pacers 61-45 in the second half, and Allen buried four three-pointers in the fourth quarter to put the game away.
Heat vs. Pacers
Heat vs. Pacers
LeBron James finished Game 3 with 26 points, seven assists and five rebounds. Dwyane Wade had another strong game, scoring 23 points on 9-of-16 shooting. James and Wade combined for 31 points in the second half.
Paul George scored 17 points for the Pacers on 5-of-13 shooting after suffering a concussion in Game 2. Lance Stephenson recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds, but he shot just 3-of-9 and committed three turnovers. Indiana turned it over 17 times in Game 3, leading to 26 Heat points.
The Pacers will have to show much more poise in Game 4 if they want to get back in this series. Indiana's sloppiness with the ball against Miami's pressure defense was key to the Heat's comeback, so the Pacers will need to find a way to better deal with that. Also, David West probably shouldn't be guarding Allen in the fourth quarter. Or maybe ever.
Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
Location: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, Fla.
Radio: ESPN Radio (Sirius XM 84), 104.3FM/790 AM The Ticket, 1070 The Fan