(AP) LeBron saves Heat at buzzer of Game 1
By TIM REYNOLDS
AP Basketball Writer
LeBron James made a layup as time expired in overtime, and the Miami Heat found a way to beat the Indiana Pacers 103-102 in a wild Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday night.
James finished with 30 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the Heat–his ninth postseason triple-double, and barely anyone noticed. All that mattered was the last shot, which simply saved the Heat.
Paul George made three free throws with 2.2 seconds left in the overtime, which he forced with a miracle 3-pointer, to give the Pacers the lead. But James just drove down the left side of the lane, scored with ease and the Heat escaped.
Miami’s Chris “Birdman” Andersen had a stellar game for the defending champions.
Game 2 is Friday night in Miami.