Posted May 25, 2013

Video: Heat’s LeBron James commits two turnovers in final minute of Game 2 loss to Pacers

2013 NBA playoffs, Ben Golliver, David West, Indiana Pacers, LeBron James, Miami Heat

Heat forward LeBron James committed two turnovers in the final minute of Game 2 in the Eastern Conference finals, sealing Miami’s 97-93 loss to the Pacers on Friday night.

“The first thing I always look at on the stat sheet is my turnovers,” James told reporters after Indiana evened the Eastern Conference finals at one game apiece. “I had two big ones. Very disappointed in my judgment and my plays down the stretch but I’ll make up for it.”

With roughly 45 seconds remaining in the game and the Pacers leading 95-93, James attempted to swing a pass to Ray Allen from the right angle to the left angle. David West put up both of his arms, with his back turned to James, and deflected the ball into the open court with his right hand.

After Indiana was unable to capitalize on that possession, James ran the clock down to roughly 15 seconds before attacking the paint to his right from the top of the key. Shadowed by Paul George, James picked up his dribble as he approached the right block, and pivoted back toward the middle, where West was coming across the paint to provide a double-team. James attempted to fire a crosscourt pass to Allen, who was again waiting at the left angle, but West again deflected the pass and George Hill came up with the ball, forcing Miami to foul.

West was credited with a steal on the first turnover while Hill received the steal on the second.

“The right word to describe David West’s performance tonight and most of his time here in Indiana is ‘will’,” Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. “He has incredible, incredible will to do anything it takes to win a basketball game. I’m glad he’s on our side.”

The turnover-heavy final sequence marred what was an exciting game in which James finished with a game-high 36 points, eight rebounds and four assists while Pacers center Roy Hibbert tallied a team-high 29 points and 10 rebounds.

“[This game] wasn’t about LeBron making mistakes down the stretch,” Vogel said. “He played one of the best basketball games I’ve ever seen anybody play.”

After delivering a game-winner in overtime in Game 1, James was clearly frustrated with his five turnovers, a game-high, and the fact that Miami was unable to go up 2-0 in a hard-fought series. “That can’t happen in that situation, especially being down two in a big game at home,” he said, referring to both turnovers as “careless.”

In Game 1, Hibbert was not in the game on the final possession as the Pacers elected to go smaller to match-up with Chris Bosh. In Game 2, Vogel elected to keep Hibbert in the game, guarding Bosh. While he didn’t play much part in James’ first turnover, Hibbert did discourage James’ drive on the second play, while still putting himself in a position to defend Bosh, who was roaming on the perimeter.

“Paul did a good job of keeping [James] in front,” Hibbert said of Indiana’s late-game defense. We shrunk the lane, we just said we’re not going to give him any shots and luckily David was able to get his hand on some passes. … The fact is, [West] was guarding Ray Allen and he was able to move his feet, stay in front of Ray and not give him anything easy. … David manned up, sacked up and did what he had to do.”

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said he had no regrets about the final sequence, which capped off an 8-2 run for the Pacers in the game’s final 3:05. “It happens,” he said of the two turnovers. “They made two good defensive plays with deflections. I’d run that again. If I had the opportunity again, so would [James]. You have to give them credit for active hands. … those are the breaks of the game. … We pride ourselves on finishing, particularly when we have leads. We just weren’t able to do it tonight.”

12 comments
Jongnzlz
Jongnzlz

My prediction: miami heat will score the first 4-10 points, Lebron will play more aggressive and hit his jumpers, bosh will actually play his role and score within the paint,birdman won't get dunked on, ray & battier will make their threes. Miami will have a 15 point lead at some point in the second quarter

Since the pacers had 30 something free throws in both games AT MIAMI, the referees(notice how I don't just say "refs" and say it in ALL CAPS) will step up in the second half and make every call for the pacers and get them back in the game. It'll be back and forth like in the last two games. Indy takes a 5 point lead in the last two minutes, but then chris bosh hits a clutch three and lebron hits a layup, and eventually gets a three point lead. Paul george will shoot a 3 to tie and either: makes it miraculously from half court OR gets fouled by wade or cole while not being touched, so them we head to OT.

The referees will give the pacers all sorts of calls and leads to a dramatic victory for indiana. All the heat haters will continue to make jokes about the "REFS" and how david stern loves miami, while getting 35-50 free throws for their team in game 3.

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

Wade should be more of a topic for why the Heat lost tonight.  He's gimpy and ineffective at this point, and yet Spoelstra put him on the court for 41 minutes anyway.  It's already a question as it is if he's more of a liability than an asset at this point, and then to make matters worse, playing him that number of minutes only ensures that he'll continue to be gimpy going forward.

It was unthinkable once, but Wade needs to be benched, or at least roll his minutes back to 25-30, max.  The Heat should give more minutes at the 2-spot to Allen and Miller; despite being even older than Wade, at least they aren't crippled by pain right now, and they both do more to spread a defense than Wade does, both of them having better perimeter shots than Wade.  

Wade, at this point, is just a slasher that's too slow and gimpy to slash.  So why is he on the floor so much?

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The Queen chokes - twice - in the final 60 ticks.

Too bad Sobol and George gagged on defense on the final play in game one or The Queen and her court would be whining up to Indy down 0-2.

Not to worry, though. Commish Stern will see that the Heat get 40 free throws in Game Three and The Queen, The Little Bosh Woman, and that off guard Show Me Da Green Or I Ain't Playin' for the Red, White, and Blue will get a gift win to go up 2-1. Guaranteed.

HomerTaylor
HomerTaylor

He's defense is crucial. He still play great d on George making him work. Allowing LBJ to rest some on d. Allen and Miller have no chance of doing that, He's also the best at running any fast break we have along with lebron making great passing decision. Him attacking with LBJ is the only way to get fouls on Hibbert . So with that said I said behind coach. Plus he's a NBA COACH. weren't u or me.

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@leehwgoc

Show Me Da Green Or I Ain't Playin' for the Red, White, and Blue just wants more money from the Heat bosses. Until he gets it, Show Me Da Green Or I Ain't Playin' for the Red, White, and Blue just isn't going to play hard.

Like with the last U.S. Olympic Team and his country, Show Me Da Green Or I Ain't Playin' for the Red, White, and Blue only wants more for himself and he's willing to sabotage his country and his team to get it.

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

You try very hard to be witty. Which, of course, just makes your fail-posts even more embarrassing.

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@The Floridian Guy  

Truth about The Queen stings like that Middle Finger Waving Blonde Who Allegedly Capped Her Husband in Miami don't it, ladies...

Get off your knees. Stop showing such blind obedience to The Queen and Her Court.

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@leehwgoc  

That you dislike my factual opinions on these issues matters not. Just as you matter not.