Post-Game Grades: Pacers Destroy Heat in Game 3 to Take a 2-1 Series Lead

Better team blew out two superstars. And by that I mean LeBron and Mario Chalmers. Game 4 on Sunday. Get loud, Pacers fans. Win that one and the Eastern Conference Finals talk can become real.

More on this game in the hours and days to come. For now, here is how each guy played individually tonight. Agree? Disagree? Express your thoughts below in the comments or yell at me (@8pts9secs) or Tim (@TimDonahue8p9s) on Twitter.

David West, PF 40 MIN | 5-13 FG | 4-4 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 14 PTS
Indy out-scored Miami 42-27 after he thumped Mario Chalmers in the chest for slapping the ball out of his hands during a stoppage in play.
Danny Granger, SF 40 MIN | 6-15 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 17 PTS
Made his first shot then missed his other 4 attempts in the first half. Then poured in 10 points in the 3rd and got chippy with LeBron. That, along with West being a jerk to Chalmers, ramped up the intensity and seemed to fuel the Pacers to a 51-32 rout of Miami in the 2nd half.
Roy Hibbert, C 33 MIN | 9-16 FG | 1-2 FT | 18 REB | 1 AST | 19 PTS
What can you even say? Easily his best game as a professional. I almost want to say his stat line doesn’t even tell the whole story, but 19/18/5 is some Tim Duncan stuff.
George Hill, SG 33 MIN | 6-8 FG | 5-5 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 20 PTS
A team-high 20 pts on 8 shots is magnificent. Especially since his back-to-back-to-back second quarter jumpers took Indy from down 3 to up 1 over 2 minutes right after Miami looked like they were starting to dial in.
Paul George, SG 33 MIN | 3-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 9 PTS
There’s a lot you can say (and we will later in depth) but let’s just go with this, via ESPN Stats: “Dwyane Wade is 1st player since Eric Snow in 2001 with 5+ turnovers and 5 or fewer points, rebounds and assists (min. 35 minutes)”

Dahntay Jones, SG 7 MIN | 1-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 5 PTS
The line doesn’t say much but he was really big. But before his 5 points to open the 2nd quarter, the Pacers hadn’t scored in over 3 minutes. This and some physical defense righted a ship that had been drifting towards Ugly Island late in the 1st quarter.
Leandro Barbosa, SG 15 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 0 PTS
Pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty gross.
Louis Amundson, C 7 MIN | 0-0 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 1 PTS
Ya know, Lou’d it up out there.
A.J. Price, G 1 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS
Garbage time.
Tyler Hansbrough, PF 14 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 2 PTS
Had some great plays: a dunk and a mighty fine assist to David West for a layup. But needs to work on finishing. Should have had two other buckets. Good stuff, process-wise though.
Darren Collison, PG 14 MIN | 2-7 FG | 3-4 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 7 PTS | -2
Missed more shots than you would like but gets some style points for drilling back-to-back jumpers to turn up the blowout margin early in the 4th.
Jeff Pendergraph, F 3 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS
Garbage time.
Lance Stephenson, SG 1 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS
Garbage time. Did this though. Which was hilarious.

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