Heat explodes for 70 first half points, beats Pacers 114-96

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The Miami Heat put up 70 points on the Pacers in the first half of Sunday night's Game 3 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals in Bankers Life Fieldhouse, and never let the Pacers come closer than seven points the rest of night, en route to a 114-96 win.

LeBron James scored 18 of team high 22 in the first half, and Udonis Haslem scored 13 of his 17 in the first 24 minutes to lead Miami to a 70-56 halftime lead.  Miami outscored the Pacers 42-28 through the rest of the first half after the game was tied at 28 after the first ten minutes.

Midway through the third quarter, the Pacers were able to cut the lead in half, but Miami, despite James being held scoreless in the period, responded and extended their lead to 15, 87-62 with 2:30 left in the period and held their 15 point advantage heading into the fourth quarter.

The Heat extended their lead to 20 points at 99-79 in the first three minutes of the fourth quarter.

David West led the Pacers with 21. Roy Hibbert scored 20 and George Hill 19 for Indiana.

Indiana also shot 8-for-14 from three-point range but just 40 percent from the field overall.

The Pacers relinquished home court advantage in the best-of-seven series after splitting the first two games in Miami. The series stays in Indianapolis for Game 4 on Tuesday.