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.

Topics: 2012 Playoffs, Game Recap, Pacers Vs. Heat

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  • DougInOz

    #goldswagger

    That is all.

  • Zach Winningham

    Wade and Chalmers canceled out each others averages…but ESPN will only mention Wade’s night when figuring out how we won.  WIN GAME 4 and it’s on!!!!

  • Zach Winningham

    PS My favorite moment in the game was after Granger got a technical, LeDeuche missed the free throw AND the ensuing three-pointer!

  • Realist

    Minimum we at least to get to that Game 6 at home now, which is massive.

    You bet your pretty asses #goldswagger

  • pacerRocks

    What a game!!!! Chrushed the heat tonght…. #awesome

  • stephen

    would someone please come to the next game with a sign “metta multiple championships”

  • Chris D.

    Welcome back, Danny. I almost teared up. It’s been a long haul since the brawl.

  • Joe B

    I agree, Chris D, but Danny’s rage moments always scare me and bring back brawl-day memories. No good. David West chest chopping Chalmers was awesome, though. He can do that whenever he wants. Chalmers face, the mix of bafflement and fear, was my favorite play of his of the night.

  • MCR

    @DougInOz: To quote Jared Wade… Yep.
    Once again, I implore every Hoosier lucky enough to be able to go to G4 to yell ’til you can yell no more. Was very happy with the energy in the building tonight, lots of standing, lots of chanting. Is it just me, or is this a little bit of a perfect storm for the Heat? Bosh goes down, Wade clearly looked off tonight (obviously PG had something to do with that, but that couldn’t have been all), they’re getting nothing from the role players who all look old (Battier, Miller, Haslem), and LeBron is killing himself trying to pick up all the slack, which just makes picking up all the slack that much harder. G4 is huge…national TV, prime time slot, move to 3-1 there and everyone will take notice. Gotta, gotta have it. Go Pacers.

  • Jason

    I’m glad you guys gave Jones the A. I thought his few minutes there in the first half were huge. It’s easy to not notice things that don’t show on the box score, but he played tough D and hit a few shots when we really needed a spark to slow down the Heat.

    But I have to say I took the opposite response to Joe B. in regards to Danny. I love the fact that he got in LBJ’s face. There was no contact, but LBJ clearly raised that elbow to MWP height trying to make some contact. Danny was emphatically reminding him, “Hey, the elbow can’t stop what’s coming, big guy. Keep those ‘bows down or pay the price.” I LOVE that fire and fight. LBJ isn’t going to fight, and Danny knows that. But it’s still good to show that nobody is backing down, and nobody is going to allow (even in the least, an attempted) cheap shot.

  • Ray

    You could at least take the minus off Barbosa’s “D” for those three assists.

  • NoLookPass

    How is even possible for Barbosa to be a -39 in a series we are a +13 overall in when he gets so much more time with the starters than the other bench players and the starters are killing it.

  • Tom

    Barbosa may have earned a bad grade, but it is important to note why. By that I mean it was HIS fault he got a bad grade – he failed to finish at the rim. As far as the heat go, they let to the rack with little resistance. His finishing could easily improve and turn the same EXACT performance to a passing grade or better

  • Realist

    I wonder if Mario Chalmers injured his wrist slapping the ball out of David West’s hands. That would be hilarious.

    #goldswagger

  • Joe

    It’s a great feeling to be a Pacers fan right now. The entire country is depending on Indy to take down Miami and we ain’t letting them down, and most importantly, they’re giving their fans reasons to be proud…. all of us.

  • NoLookPass

    Chalmers hurt his wrist trying to pull Wade’s head out of his ass.

  • Realist

    Entire world, Joe. Entire world.

  • little B

    @ Joe B
    w/Jason:
    That is 2 elbows LeBron has air thrown at Danny. Game 1 or 2 when Danny fouled him hard over the back and LeBron started to throw a bow that would have drilled Danny in the face. And then that elbow that he threw in Game 3 when Danny already blew by him pulling on his “cape”. Not sure if Lebron is just saying “I could have broken your face” but I love Danny isn’t backing down. Besides take LeBron and Danny off the court…series over. Wade couldn’t do anything with that mess of players. Just depends how many games Danny would be out if it affected their chances in the next round.
    Danny gets in alot of altercations with players. At first I didn’t like it either, but looking back at all/most of them (example: Love close lining him (side bar-how’s that couch feel Kevin?(probably better than mine))) anyways… he is just standing up for himself. They aren’t hard fouls, they are cheap shots, and cheap shots should not go overlooked.

  • little B

    Instead of LeChoke, would LeFlop work as well?

    anyways I think Lebron is also just irritated that someone actually can guard him for a whole game and be competitive. This series lies heavily on PG’s and DG’s ability to slow down Wade and James’s scoring…and they have done a mighty fine job of it. Keep it up boys….GO PACERS!!!

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