George takes care of LeBron and the Heat
|Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (24) gets past Miami Heat forward LeBron James during the second quarter of their NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Indiana January 8, 2013. Photo by Brent Smith, Reuters.|
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana - Paul George finished with 29 points and 11 rebounds, as the Indiana Pacers defeated the Miami Heat 87-77 Tuesday in a rematch of last season's Eastern Conference playoff semi-finals.
It marked the first game between the two teams since Miami beat Indiana in six games in last season's series.
David West had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Pacers, who have won two in a row. Lance Stephenson finished with 13 points.
Dwyane Wade scored 30 points for the Heat, who started a six-game road trip on Tuesday. LeBron James finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Heat who have won three of their last five games.
Miami have played just 14 games on the road this season, one of the lowest totals in the league. They are 7-7 away from South Beach.
It was in the second round of last season's playoffs that the Pacers took the Heat to six games before Miami eventually prevailed, then went on to win the NBA Championship.
Not only did George lead his team in scoring, but he had the assignment of covering James.
On Saturday, the Pacers trounced the Milwaukee Bucks 95-80.
In the regular season, the Heat have beaten the Pacers in nine of their last 12.
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