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Pacers beat Heat, lead Conference Semifinals 1-0

The Indiana Pacers shot lights out, finishing 35-68 (51.5%) from the field and 29-37 (78.4%) at the free throw line, in a 107-96 win over the Miami Heat. The Conference Semifinals now stand at 1-0.

Paul George scored 24 points on 7-13 shooting from the field (3-6 from behind the arc) and 7-8 from the free throw line, in a solid performance. Other key players for Indiana included David West with 19 points and seven rebounds, Roy Hibbert with 19 points and nine rebounds, and Lance Stephenson with 17 points and eight assists. Dwyane Wade had another strong game for Miami in the loss, putting up 27 points on 12-18 shooting.

Indiana controlled the glass in Game 1, collecting 21.9% of offensive rebounds and 88.6% of defensive boards. Along with their eFG% of 57.4%, the Pacers connected at a rate of 42.1% from 3-point range in this game. For comparison, during the regular season they were undefeated (7-0) when they recorded marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Heat were 4-10 when they allowed their opponents to reach those percentages.

Indiana carries the momentum of a 1-0 series lead into Game 2 at home.