The Miami Heat were unable to close out the series as they fell to the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday 93-90.
LeBron James was in foul trouble all game and seemingly had a foul called on him quickly after entering the game each time outside of the fourth quarter. James was forced to sit on the bench for a good portion of the game and finished with only 7 points while going 2-10 from the field.
Chris Andersen missed his second straight game with a bruised thigh and Rashard Lewis once again replaced him as a starter. Ray Allen who is battling a hip injury of his own was a game-time decision and started.
It was a sluggish start for the Heat as they missed three of their first four attempts. Indiana was also missing however, which allowed a three-pointer from Chris Bosh to put Miami ahead by one with a little more than eight minutes left in the quarter.
The Heat took a timeout with about five minutes left in the quarter and the Pacers up three following a reverse layup from Roy Hibbert. LeBron James picked up his second personal foul with 2:43 left in the quarter forcing him to take a seat on the bench with Miami trailing by six. Dwyane Wade hit a buzzer beating jump shot to trim the deficit to six. After one quarter, the Pacers led 22-16.
Wade who did not get his usual rest due to James’ foul trouble started the second quarter hot. The star scored six of the Heat’s first eight points in the quarter. The game was tied at 24 when the Pacers took timeout with 9:22 remaining.
Allen went on a run of his own following that timeout scoring seven consecutive points for the Heat to give them a five-point lead. James quickly picked up his third foul in a little over a minute after coming back in. That forced Miami to take James right back out of the game and put Toney Douglas on the court.
A three-pointer from Allen with 15 seconds left in the half put the Heat up nine. James only scored two points and played a miniscule 10:27 in the first half due to foul trouble. The Heat held a 42-33 lead at halftime.
The second half began with James getting his fourth personal foul in the first 21 seconds of play. The teams would both miss several baskets until Rashard Lewis sank a three-pointer with 9:13 left in the quarter to give Miami a ten-point lead.
With 8:34 remaining in the quarter, James picked up his fifth personal of the game and was lifted in favor of Norris Cole. A 7-0 run by Indiana reduced the Heat lead to only two with four minutes left in the third.
Allen scored five points in a 30-second span towards the end of the quarter to trim the Indiana lead. Paul George sank a three-pointer at the buzzer to give the Pacers a 64-57 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
After a George dunk with 8:53 left in the quarter, the Pacers had an 11-point advantage. The Heat would then go on a 9-0 run to make it only a two-point game with 6:39 left to play. James hit a three-pointer with 3:51 left to tie the game. It was only the second field goal made by James in the game.
Rashard Lewis hit his fifth three-pointer of the game to make it a one-point game before George hit a trey of his own to put Indiana right back up by four again with under two minutes left. Bosh then hit a three of his own to make a one-point again. Once more, George hit a three back on the other end though. The Heat took a timeout trailing by four with 46 seconds remaining.
Following a James block, Lewis would hit his sixth three-pointer of the game with 16 seconds left to once again make it a one-point game. The Heat were now forced to foul and extend the game but the clock ran out before Miami could regain the lead.
Game six will take place at 8:30 p.m. on Friday in Miami with the Heat leading the series 3-2.