Video: Heat's Dwyane Wade, Pacers' Lance Stephenson get technicals for shoving
No game between the East's top two teams would be complete without some extracurricular activities, and tensions started to mount in this one with a little under seven minutes remaining in the third quarter. Stephenson and Mario Chalmers both went after a loose ball during an Indiana possession, and Stephenson appeared to grab Chalmers' hand as the ball went out of bounds.
Wade witnessed the sequence from a few feet away and immediately disputed Stephenson's action, bumping the Pacers guard and giving him a light shove. Stephenson cleared Wade's arms off of his body and exchanged a few words before the officials could intervene to separate the two players, who were both assessed a technical foul.
That relatively minor sequence would prove important in the fourth quarter, as Stephenson was ejected after he received a second technical foul following another exchange with Wade. Stephenson was booted at the 5:01 mark with Indiana leading 76-72, and Miami immediately went on an 8-0 run to take the lead following his departure. The Pacers were able to regroup, though, and they pulled out a one-point home victory.
Stephenson finished with 15 points (on 6-for-12 shooting), two rebounds and two assists. Paul George led the Pacers with a team-high 23 points (on 8-for-19 shooting), eight rebounds and four assists.
Wade tallied 15 points (on 6-for-11 shooting), four rebounds and one assist. LeBron James led all scorers with 38 points (on 11-for-19 shooting), eight rebounds and five assists. Indiana improved to 52-20 with the victory and took a 2-1 season series lead over Miami, who dropped to 48-22 with the loss.