INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana is done talking about home-court advantage.
They took the first step Sunday, when
"This is just a fun matchup," George said. "It's one that we've been waiting for all year."
For the first time in this year's playoffs, the Pacers won a series opener. And for the first time in their last three playoff battles against the Heat, the Pacers won Game 1.
Game 2 is Tuesday night. The home team has won all five games in this season's fiercest and most competitive rivalry, though none was more impressive or important than this one.
All five Indiana starters and backup
The Pacers limited the Heat to four offensive rebounds and six-for-23 shooting from beyond the three-point line.
Sure, opening this best-of-seven series at
But the biggest difference was on the court.
Indiana shared the ball, limited its turnovers, maintained its poise and got contributions from everyone in a game it had to win.
The challengers in this matchup insist they know it's only a start.
"There's nothing to celebrate. It's not like we won a championship. It's one game," Hill said. "Yes, it was good, but if we come out and lay an egg on Tuesday, this game doesn't mean anything."
The toughest part for the Heat will be figuring out what went wrong.
James, who had 25 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, and
While Bosh thought the primary problem was Miami's inability to get stops, James wasn't as sure.