MIAMI -- The Heat fans inside AmericanAirlines Arena weren't the only ones shocked to see Miami Heat star LeBron James commit two crucial turnovers in the final minute.
Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel was pretty stunned, too.
"It's near impossible (to stop James)," Vogel said. "I'm not sure how we did it other than exhibiting a great amount of will."
Because of that will, the Pacers beat the Heat 97-93 Friday night to even their Eastern Conference finals series at one game apiece.
Game 3 is set for Sunday night in Indianapolis, where the Pacers have yet to lose in this postseason.
It's a good bet that by then Pacers fans still will be talking about how their team beat a Heat squad that started the night having won 46 of their previous 49 games.
The key was defense, especially the two deflections by David West that created James' turnovers.
"The only person scarier than (James) is God," Pacers guard George Hill said.
The game was decided in the final minute. Hill made two free throws with 48 seconds left for a 95-93 Pacers lead.
James then committed a turnover when West tipped his pass. But when the Pacers failed to score, the Heat got the ball back trailing by two with 17 seconds left.
Improbably, James, the league MVP, turned it over again on another West tip. Hill then made two more free throws with eight seconds left to ice the game.
James said he was trying to pass to Ray Allen on both plays.
"I was careless," he said. "I should have bounce-passed on the first one and jump-passed on the second. That can't happen, especially down two points.
"It's very disappointing. The first thing I look at on a stat sheet are my turnovers. I'm disappointed in my judgment."
The Pacers were led by center Roy Hibbert, who had a playoff career high with 29 points on 10-for-15 shooting and added a game-high 10 rebounds.
"I learned my damn lesson," Hibbert said when asked why he had such a big game. "(In the first game), every time I thought I had an easy (put-back) LeBron or Chris Bosh would come and block my shot.
"But I went to Georgetown for four years. I'm an educated guy. I used a pump fake this time."
Pacers forward Paul George had 22 points on 9 of 16 shooting and added a game-high six assists.
Other Pacers contributors included Hill (18 points), West (13 points, seven rebounds) and Lance Stephenson (10 points, five assists).
The Heat were led by James, who had 36 points on 14-of-20 shooting. He added eight rebounds and three assists but did have five turnovers.
Bosh added 17 points and five rebounds, and teammate Dwyane Wade had 14 points and five rebounds.
George and James enjoyed a spirited duel, especially at the end of the third quarter. First, George got the ball just past the free-throw line, took a strong dribble to his left to get by James and then dunked with his right hand over Chris "Birdman" Andersen.
George, who was fouled by Andersen, then made his free throw to complete the three-point play, giving Indiana a 76-71 lead with five seconds left in the quarter.
James, though, answered quickly. He made a long 3-pointer over George at the buzzer.
After hitting the shot, James made a comment to George. But a split-second later, the two exchanged hand slaps in a show of good sportsmanship.
"He's really good," James said when he was asked about that exchange. "He's going to be a great one."
The Pacers dominated most of the first half but led just 53-47 because of how well the Heat closed out each quarter.
Miami ended the first quarter on a 10-4 run and the second period on a 7-0 streak. That included a 3-pointer by Mike Miller at the halftime buzzer. Miller received a nearly impossible pass by James, who was triple-teamed at the rim but somehow found Miller.
Indiana overcame three first-half technical fouls, two of them for contact after fouls (West and Tyler Hansbrough). The other was on assistant coach Brian Shaw, who yelled "ball don't lie" after Allen missed a technical foul shot.
"I embrace that," Hibbert said of the physical play. "To see us get techs and we're still up -- I relish that. We're not going to back down. They are the champs, but we're coming for them."
NOTES: Heat point guard Mario Chalmers, who injured his shoulder and missed most of Wednesday's game after halftime, is sore but still started. ... Hill, who is battling a sprained left big toe, also started. ... James was named Thursday to the All-NBA first team for the seventh time. Wade made the third team. George was on the third team. ... Andersen is shooting 31 of 37 from the floor in the playoffs so far.