The Miami Heat defeated the Indiana Pacers 102-90 to take a commanding 3-1 series lead in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Pacers never led and trailed by as many as 23 in the 4th quarter. That 12-point victory for Miami seemed much bigger.
Following the game, Paul George didn’t seem to impressed with Miami’s wire-to-wire victory. In fact, George thought the Pacers outplayed Miami. From George during the post game press conference:
“Looking at the stat sheet, we outplayed them…but they got to the free throw line more than us. It’s demoralizing when the game is lopsided [and you lose]. How often do we shoot better than 50%, outrebound a team, a lose? … They made 30 free throws.”
A few minutes later, LeBron and Wade were at the podium to answer questions together (I still don’t know why they’ve always excluded Bosh), and LeBron was told that Paul George credited Miami’s free throw disparity for the win. LeBron wasn’t amused. While looking at the stat sheet, he responded:
“We only committed 5 turnorvers and scored 20 points off their turnovers. That’s got nothing to do with free throws.”
LeBron is right, and the Pacers talk way too much of late.