The Indiana Pacers had to answer a lot of questions about Roy Hibbert's time on the court after getting edged out in Game 1.
Hibbert was on the court for all the key moments of Game 2, and as a result the Pacers will host the Miami Heat on Sunday with the series knotted at a game apiece.
Indiana deployed its large frontline on both ends of the floor in Game 2 and got 29 points from Hibbert while David West made the key defensive plays.
LeBron James scored 36 points for the Heat but got sloppy at the end, leaving passes too close to the long arms of West on consecutive possessions in the final minute with Miami down a point. Those marked two of James’ five turnovers in the contest.
"Very disappointed in my judgment and my plays down the stretch," James said, "but I‘ll make up for them."
The Pacers came within a last-second layup of taking Game 1 in overtime and will carry plenty of confidence back into their own building, where they have gone 6-0 this postseason.
"This whole team is showing great desire and heart and belief," Indiana coach Frank Vogel said. "They believe they can win this series, and they’re giving it all their might."
Game 3 begins at 8:30 p.m. Sunday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.