MIAMI - In 48 minutes of basketball on Sunday, the Pacers confirmed what many thought would be the case.
The series featuring the second and third-seeded teams in the Eastern Conference would be competitive-and physical.
But the script was flipped from the first game of the series, as the Pacers played clutch down the stretch to beat the Heat 78-75 in Game 2 Tuesday night.
The best-of-seven series is now tied at one game a piece as it head back to Indianapolis for a pair of games on Thursday and Sunday.
David West led the Pacers with 16 points while the combination of Lebron James and Dwyane Wade combined for 52 points in the defeat.
A back-and-fourth second half culminated in the final seconds when the Pacers got a free throw by George Hill to push the lead to three. Mario Chalmers had a chance to tie the game for Miami in regulation but his three just before the horn was off the mark to seal the Indiana victory.
In a bit of a role reversal from Game 1, it was the Heatwho held the advantage in the first 24 minutes. The Pacers led by five early in the first quarter but Miami got ten points from Lebron James to grab a three-point lead after 12 minutes.
The Heat would push the lead to nine at times in the second quarter but the Pacers battled back to tie the game at 33 when Paul George hit a layup with 1:36 to go in the half. A quick flurry of buckets would give Miami a five-point advantage at the break.
But the Pacers seemed ready to take control in the third when the played their best basketball of the series to date. As the have most of the series the Pacers used a balanced scoring attack to put 28 points on the board during the quarter.
Leandro Barbosa's three-pointer with 58 seconds to go in the fourth quarter pushed their advantage to 11.
Miami again looked to James and Wade to begin their comeback. In it was a pair of jumper by the latter with four minutes to go in the game that gave the Heat the advantage with just over four minutes remaining.
The Pacers showed resolve, grabbing a three-point lead with 2:53 remaining on a jumper by David West. Again Miami appeared to be ready to take the lead with just under a minute left, but James missed a pair of free throws to keep the Pacers up by one.
On the following possession the Pacers were able to get an offensive rebound and Roy Hibbert drew the foul on a shot attempt with 32 seconds to go. Wade had a chance to tie the game 20 seconds later but his shot came up short and was rebounded by George Hill.
He made the first attempt but missed the second and the ball was tipped back deep near the Miami basket. Hill tried to save it but stepped out of bounds as he grabbed the ball.
That set up the Heat for a potential game-tying bucket. Chalmers got a look from the win for three but his shot was off the mark and bounced around till the buzzer sounded.