After one half at AmericanAirlines Arena, the Miami Heat lead the Indiana Pacers 38-33 in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Semifinals series. It was an ugly first half on the offensive end for both clubs, and Indiana was particularly brutal. But Erik Spoelstra's club could not take advantage.
As you would expect, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are carrying the team on the offensive end. James leads the club with a game-high 12 points, hitting five of 11 from the floor. He finished the half on a bit of a cold streak, missing four straight shots before sinking a jumper to give Miami its five-point halftime lead. Wade added nine points in support of the MVP.
But an undermanned Miami club did not extend the lead while Indiana scuffled on the other end and shot just 32 percent while committing 10 turnovers. Sparked by George Hill, the Pacers went on a 9-0 run in just over two minutes to pull even at 33-33. Shane Battier, however, quickly put the Heat back in front with the team's first made three-pointer of the series.
The Heat will have to continue to bother the Pacers on the defensive end to take a 2-0 lead in the series.
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