MIAMI — No Big Three meant one big problem for Miami, and one very big win for Indiana.
David West scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, George Hill added 15 and the Indiana Pacers took home-court advantage away from Miami by beating the Heat 78-75 in Game 2 of the teams’ Eastern Conference semifinal series Tuesday night.
LeBron James scored 28 points for Miami and Dwyane Wade finished with 24, but both missed big chances for the Heat late. James missed two free throws with 54.3 seconds left and Miami down one, and Wade was short on a layup that would have tied the game with 16 seconds remaining.
Mario Chalmers’ 3-pointer to tie bounced away on the final play, and the series was tied 1-1.
Danny Granger scored 11 points and Paul George added 10 for Indiana.
BULLS: Dr. Brian Cole, the man who operated on Derrick Rose’s left knee after he tore his ACL, said Rose faces a recovery of eight months to a year.
TOP ROOKIE: Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving is the league’s rookie of the year.
Irving received 117 of 120 possible first-place votes from a nationwide media panel of 120 writers and broadcasters.
Irving finished with 592 points, way ahead of Minnesota’s Ricky Rubio (170) and Denver’s Kenneth Faried (129), who was third.