Heat rally late, beat Pacers 99-87 in Game 3 to take 2-1 lead in series

TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer Published:

staff and wire report

MIAMI -- LeBron James scored 26 points, Dwyane Wade added 23 and the Miami Heat shook off a horrid start to beat the Indiana Pacers 99-87 on Saturday night in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Ray Allen added 16 points and led a late-game charge for the Heat, who lead the best-of-seven series 2-1. Allen buried four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter alone, all in a row, that allowed Miami to continue to build momentum throughout the rally.

The chance for that momentum to carry over will be on Monday night when Game 4 will be played in Miami.

The Heat trailed by 15 in the first half and never led until early in the third quarter.

Paul George scored 17 points for Indiana, shooting 5-for-13 in his return after being concussed late in Game 2. Roy Hibbert scored 16 points, David West added 13 and Lance Stephenson had 10 for the Pacers.

To open the game, the Pacers jumped out to a 19-5 lead and sucked all of the energy out of American Airlines Arena.

Miami never panicked, though, and continued to work through their game plan of moving the ball from side to side to get the Pacers' defense moving laterally and eventually wore them down to get more transition opportunities and open looks in the halfcourt set.

James also finished with seven assists, five rebounds, four steals and six turnovers.

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