Pacers take control
May 18, 2012 19:28:06 UK
Roy Hibbert had 19 points and 18 rebounds as the Indiana Pacers ran roughshod over the Miami Heat with a 94-75 victory in Indianapolis.
Hibbert was 9-of-16 from the field and also had five blocked shots in the one-sided defeat of the second seeds as the Pacers took a two games to one lead in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference Semifinal. George Hill led the Pacers with 20 points and Danny Granger and David West combined for a further 31 as Indiana maintained the home-court advantage after splitting the games in Miami.
Without Chris Bosh, the Heat struggled with Dwyane Wade enduring a horrible shooting night hitting just 2-of-13 from the floor for five points. Mario Chalmers attempted to pick up the slack with a game-high 25 points, but their 37% shooting doomed Miami.
Down in San Antonio the Spurs cruised to a 105-88 win over the Los Angeles Clippers for their 16th consecutive victory. The top seeds in the West last lost to the Los Angeles Lakers back on 11th April and showed no sign of losing any time soon as they once again held Chris Paul in check. The Clippers point guard scored only 10 points with five assists as LA returns to the Staples Center on Saturday for Game 3 looking for answers.
The same can be said for the Lakers who find themselves in a two to nothing hole after the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied to score the last nine points of the game on Wednesday. Kobe Bryant continues to struggle in the series and needs a breakout game if LA has any hope in the series.
The Spurs are 151.00 to win the NBA Championship while the Heat are 2.50 and the Thunder are 1.66.
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