Miami really turns up the Heat on offence -- with LeBron James as a decoy

Heat guard Mario Chalmers drives around the defense of Pacers guard George Hill during Game 3 of...

Heat guard Mario Chalmers drives around the defense of Pacers guard George Hill during Game 3 of their NBA Eastern Conference final at Bankers Life Stadium in Indianapolis, May 26, 2013. (BRENT SMITH/Reuters)

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:03 PM ET

Just when you started to kid yourself that the Miami Heat could be had, they turn up the heat and once again make you wonder at yourself that you ever doubted them.

Miami didn’t just turn up the heat on the Indiana Pacers. They kicked their hosts right out of the kitchen in regaining home-court advantage with a 114-96 win and a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference final.

The Pacers came home with a split from Miami that could have easily been a two-game sweep.

Even with just the split, Indiana owned all the momentum in the series.

It took the Heat about eight minutes to take it back.

Game 3 wasn’t so much a one-sided affair as it was a reminder of what this Heat team is capable of when they follow a gameplan.

Even in its Game 1 win at home in overtime, the Heat didn’t get the kind of game they are most comfortable playing.

The pace for both games in Miami played into Indy’s hands.


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