MIAMI - The pre-game chatter translated into passionate basketball for 48 minutes in the shadow of South Beach on Sunday afternoon.
But this time, it was the favorite who won.
Despite an strong effort by the Pacers the Heat managed to rally in the second half to win Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinal series 95-86 on Sunday afternoon.ow
Miami now takes a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series with Game 2 to be played at American Airlines Arena on Tuesday evening.
Lebron James scored a game-high 32 points-including 19 in the second half-to help the second-seeded Heat rally from a six-point halftime deficit to victory. David West and Roy Hibbert led the Pacers in scoring with 17 each.
That balanced scoring helped the Pacers in a strong first half that showed they we're up to the challenge. Indiana was aggressive on the offensive and defensive end and held the advantage for most of the half and took a six point lead into the break.
It appeared the Pacers would get an even greater advantage when Heat forward Chris Bosh was forced to missed the second half due to the abdominal strain.
Yet the duo of James and Wade weren't about to let the Pacers get far ahead. James quickly tied the game early in the second half with a bucket and started a back-and-forth battle tille the fourth.
It was then the pair took control, scoring 20 of Miami's final 21 points on the game to put away a game one victory.
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