Tip-Off for 5/27/13 (featuring Denzel Washington): Miami Heat’s bench plays pivotal role in 114-96 victory over the Indiana Pacers to take 2-1 lead

(Associated Press)

LeBron James and the Miami Heat ran away and hid from the Indiana Pacers in Game 3.

LeBron James set the table and Udonis Haslem, Mario Chalmers and Chris Andersen broke bread. The trio combined for 40 points on 16 for 19 shooting in the Miami Heat’s dominant 114-96 Game 3 victory over the Indiana Pacers. The Heat now hold a 2-1 series lead.

LeBron James scored 18 of his 22 points an explosive 70-point first half for the Miami Heat. Miami led by as many as 21 points and held Indiana to under 40 percent shooting from the floor. Their 70-56 halftime lead enabled them to cruise the rest of the way. Udonis Haslem scored 17 points — one of five Miami players in double figures. Dwyane Wade added 18 points, 8 assists and 2 blocked shots. Chris Andersen scored 9 points and grabbed 9 boards off the bench.

The Pacers got another dominant low-post effort from Roy Hibbert. Hibbert had 20 points, 17 rebounds and 2 blocked shots. David West led the Pacers with 21 points and 10 boards. Paul George struggled as he shot 3 for 10 and finished with 13 points and 8 assists in a game high 41:33 of action. George Hill finished with 19 points.

Heat lead 2-1.

 

The Lineup:

Average student loan debt for class of 2013 (Wall Street Journal).

Kicks which honor the Troops (Foot Locker).

NBA Mock Draft (Mike and McGoutry).

LA Times remembers 736 Californians who died in Iraq and Afghanistan (LA Times).

Titus Young is on a road to nowhere (IFWT).

Catch up on the NFL’s Top 100 (NFL AM).

Kathy Rummier, protector of the presidency (Washington Post).

Tornadoes were a “deserved tragedy” (Your Black World).

Where Trey Burke got his handle from (Dime Magazine).

Hip Hop Throwback (Hip Hop’s Golden Age).

 

A special salute to the troops history has forgotten.

 

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