The Indiana Pacers beat the Miami Heat tonight, 99-92. But before everyone pulls out the André Extra Dry and talks about how Indiana is going to do it and how the Heat might have finally met their match and how much of a clinic in hustle stats and team cohesion and bench spirit the Spurs-Pacers series is going to be, don't.
Because tonight, everything that could go right for the Pacers did. They shot 50% from the field. They out-rebounded the Heat by 19. All five starters were in double digits. In particular, Roy Hibbert, who had 23 points and 12 rebounds, and Lance Stephenson, who added another 20 points, basically did whatever they wanted. David West's jumper was finally falling, and he was strong enough on the boards to record a double-double. I'd talk about George Hill, but this happened, so no talking about George Hill.