After James put up just six points in the first half, he caught fire in the third and fourth quarters, finishing with 32 points and 15 rebounds. Dwyane Wade was also a key contributor, ending the game with 29 points. Although the Heat did not make a three-pointer the entire game, they were able to beat the Pacers down low.
The Pacers held the lead at halftime, but succumbed to the skill of Wade and James who stepped up in the absence of Chris Bosh who left the game with an abdominal strain.
David West and Roy Hibbert led Pacers scorers with 17 points. After shooting 50 percent in the first half, Indiana ended the game shooting just 40.3 percent from the field.
Some highlights from today's game included this classic James-Wade alley-oop.
Dwayne Wade also had a big play on defense with this block.
The two teams will meet again on Tuesday in Miami.
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