Whether the Indiana Pacers are better during the course of a playoff series, time — and circumstance — will tell.
But for a night, the Pacers were better than the defending NBA champions. Surprisingly better, especially on the boards.
Paul George scored 29 points, and David West added 14 to power the Pacers to an 87-77 win Tuesday night against the visiting Miami Heat.
Still playing without injured leader Danny Granger, the Pacers got enough from George and West — and from guard Lance Stephenson — to trump Miami’s All-Star trio of Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh.
Although all three of the “Big Three” reached double figures, the Pacers (21-14) shut down the rest of the Heat. Only three other Miami players — starter Mario Chalmers and backups Norris Cole and Mike Miller — scored a point.