Miami Heat resists Brogdon and is one step away from the semifinals

Florida's franchise is 3-0 against Indiana. The Pacers point guard stood out with 31 points (4 of 7 in triples), 7 rebounds and 14 assists.

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Miami Heat strokes the Eastern Conference semifinals after winning once again, for the third time in three games, over the Indiana Pacers. They would be the sixth with Erik Spoelstra at the helm, the first since 2016, when they lost in seven games against the Toronto Raptors. And they are so close by their explosive first two quarters from the triple and from the defense, and by an acceptable control of the last two, when Nate McMillan's men brushed the comeback driven by a wonderful Malcolm Brogdon. It was pure survival art.

Brogdon arrived in Indiana this summer, ejected from the Milwaukee Bucks and stealing the job from Rick Rubio, who landed at the Phoenix Suns when everything was heading East. During his time in Wisconsin, he demonstrated what this rookie of the year is capable of in 2017: a good defender, intelligent, intense and with points in his hands. And in the Pacers he has followed that path. But never like tonight: his 34 points against Miami is his best mark in Indiana as well as his 14 assists. In addition, he captured 7 rebounds and stole 2 balls. Not bad ... but sterile because the defeat leaves his team on the brink of elimination. On Monday his story in Orlando may conclude.

First great part of Miami Heat

Brogdon was minutes late to the duel. Like all his companions, the truth. Miami picked up steam from the beginning. Expanding rents from the three-point line, on the run and drowning their rival on defense: the Pacers suffered horrors in static. Out of ideas they couldn't find the right way to get past the Heat's outside line. Thus he went from salvageable 34-27 in the first quarter to devastating 74-56 at halftime. It is the highest score ever for the Florida franchise in the opening 24 minutes, beating the 72 of 2016 against the Charlotte Hornets.

The Spoelstra boys demolished from the perimeter. 11 of 20 in triples when reaching the rest by the 5 of 15 of Indiana, which sank and that if he does not remedy it, he will not see Domantas Sabonis debut in these playoffs. Neither Oladipo nor Warren saw the light. Turner was useless to outside gusts. On the other side, Dragic enjoyed his mischief and his effectiveness (3 of 3 in the first quarter, 24 points at the end of the game) as did Herro (20 points). Robinson was not as inspired as in the last game (7/8) with only 2 out of 4.

Indiana controlled from the third quarter

Everything changed from the third quarter. Initial partial of 2-12 and again there was departure. The Pacers finally found holes in their opponent's defensive tangle through penetration, while the Heat ran aground: just one more triple and five baskets in play of 18 attempts in the third period. To score 40 points in the 12 minutes leading up to the half 12 minutes after. The distance was reduced to just 4 points (94-90) with Brogdon as the executing hand.

Although, as we have already said, he was late. Those of Florida resisted the attacks of the last quarter. They saved crucial moments with the enemy at the gates and close to the draw. Butler (27), Adebayo (22) and Dragic's comeback in the game left Indiana and Brogdon on the brink. Tuesday, another chance of salvation for Indiana or qualifying for Miami. Heads or tails.



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